Toru Dutt Poems

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Toru Dutt
Toru Dutt (March 4, 1856 - August 30, 1877) was an English and French poet and author, who made a mark in literature in spite of her premature death. She was daughter of Kshetramoni and Gobinda Chandra Dutt, of the Rambagan Dutt family of Kolkata. Gobinda Chandra Dutt had converted to Christianity in the 1860s and had travelled abroad. Aru Dutt (1854-1874) was her elder sister. The two sisters were educated in France and England. They returned to India in the early 1870s and took to learning Sanskrit. Both the sisters earned fame for their literary activities, in spite of their premature death. Their grandfather Rasamay Dutt (1779-1854) was the first Indian Commissioner of the Court of Small Causes and was one of the founders of the Hindu College. Romesh Chunder Dutt, the famous administrator, writer and historian, was her cousin.

"Hark! Lakshman! Hark, again that cry!
It is, -- it is my husband's voice!
Oh hasten, ... [read poem]
the women of the west
They left the vine-wreathed cottage and the mansion on the hill,
The houses in the busy streets... [read poem]
men at forty
Men at forty
Learn to close softly
The doors to rooms they will not be
Coming back to... [read poem]
anonymous drawing
A delicate young Negro stands
With the reins of a horse clutched loosely in his hands;
So ... [read poem]
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