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Books that will make you fall in love with Hindi poetry


Apr 19, 2024

Aakanksha Sharma

Best of Hindi poetry

One of the most underrated genres of literature in India today has to be Hindi poetry. While Wordsworth and Poe are glorified by all, Indians forget about ‘Dinkar’ and Mahadevi Verma. Here we list 8 brilliant Hindi poetry books that are a must-read.


​Rashmirathi by Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’

One of the first books of Hindi poetry that influences people has to be ‘Rashmirathi’. The poem narrates the story of Karna, from Mahabharata, in an extremely personal and captivating manner. Best line from the poem – ‘Jab naash manush par chhaata hai pehle vivek mar jata hai’.


​‘Madhushala’ by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Madhushala, literally translating to ‘The House of Wine’ is a collection of some of the most beautiful lines on life, love, loss and happiness. Through the metaphor of a wine house, Harivansh Rai Bachchan beautifully depicted the power of raw emotions.


​‘Saaye Mein Dhoop’ by Dushyant Kumar

‘Saye Mein Dhoop’ is the type of poetry collection that can make people experience different emotions at the same time. It captures the complexities of human emotions and the struggle for identity and one of the most beautiful poems from the collection is ‘Bhuk hai to sabr kar’.


​‘Kamayani’ by Jaishankar Prasad

Kamayani is an epic poem that looks into the eternal conflict between emotions and intellect, which has been a part of life for centuries. Jaishankar Prasad’s strong yet relatable language and the deep philosophy that went into the lines make it a classic of Hindi literature.


​‘Raat Pashmine Ki’ by Gulzar

When talking about contemporary poets, Gulzar shines in every aspect. And his brilliance shines in ‘Raat Pashmine Ki’, which is a collection of verses that have the power to paint the emotions of love, longing, and loss.


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​‘Saket’ by Maithili Sharan Gupt

‘Saket’ is often hailed as the magnum opus of Maithili Sharan Gupt and there isn’t a speck of lie in this statement. The poetry reimagines the Ramayana from Sita and Urmila’s perspective and Gupt’s deep empathy breathes new life into this timeless tale.


​‘Yama’ by Mahadevi Verma

Mahadevi Verma’s ‘Yama’ is an extremely emotional tale of life, death, and the human condition. Through her strong, powerful words and verses, Verma has made many confront the inevitability of death and all the while has celebrated the beauty of life.


​‘Koi Deewana Kehta Hai’ by Kumar Vishwas

A majority of the Gen-Z population today thinks of Kumar Vishwas as the epitome of a modern poet. Kumar Vishwas’ poetry in ‘Koi Deewana Kehta Hai’ is known for the romanticism and the beauty of the lyrics.


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