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Volume 2 Issue 12

August 2015

The Search for Cultural Root in Desmond Kharmawphlang’s Poetry
Mr. Sarat Kumar Doley, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
North Lakhimpur College, 
North Lakhimpur, Assam, India
Abstract
The threat of imperialist western values has endangered the indigenous ways of life in the North East of India. Poets writing in English from the North East of India have often raised this issue in their poetry and challenged the domination of these imported values. Desmond Kharmawphlang, one of the more articulate voices in the context of imperialist culture, both within and outside of the country, investigates the folklore and myths of the tribal Khasi culture in the North East and offers the values glorified in these indigenous tales as a significant alternative to such imperialist cultural practices. The lament of the loss of the poet’s cultural root in his poetry is therefore an important poetic leitmotif. This research paper is an attempt at an interpretation of this aspect in his poetry.
Keywords
Cultural Root; Desmond Kharmawphlang; Tribal Khasi Culture.
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