Mahapatra belongs to the group of modern experimentalists in Indian English poetry. His works seem to be attempts to link to the kinds of Indian reality. They also express conflicting concerns of modern life partially colouring them with his personal and immediate response to the world unfolding before him. They also seem to be introspections into the customary notion of reality. It appears he conceives a poem as an object having a structure of images and symbols. Images employed in his poems try to bring to the surface his obsessing memories, doubts and experiences which have been the source material of his imagination. He seems to be much intimate to the modernist movement of the first half of the century. Actually Jayanta Mahapatra’s poetic art is not for the large masses, but it is meant for a small discriminating readership.
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