Critical Studies in Poetry is a must-have for all undergraduate students of English, particularly those under Calcutta University (although students of other universities would also find the book very useful). This is a student-friendly edition containing all the poems from the syllabus of the first year. It provides detailed annotations (on the same page as the text!) for all the poems and also discusses important topics for questions. The annotations not only explain the lines – they also provide rich critical insights.
A special feature of the book is the article given by Prof. Eleanor Tate of New Asia College, Hong Kong. It is an in depth discussion on The Good Morrow. Other poems are also substantially covered.
The book also provides lots of background information on the poems, the times and the poets. A few illustrations are also provided, which make the book an enjoyable read.
Dr. Nilanko Mallik, an educator and researcher, is a former student of Presidency College, Kolkata (now Presidency University). He has authored Compact English Prosody and Figures of Speech (Macmillan India Ltd., 2009) and provided a foreword and critical introduction to Jespersen’s Growth and Structure of the English Language (Book Valley, 2010). His research is in the field of Neurolinguistics and Shakespeare in performance. He obtained his doctorate degree by researching Neurolinguistics as an Alternative Medicine in treatment of Aphasia (speech and language disorders). He has also been selected for research study at several prestigious UK Universities – Lancaster, Sheffield and Durham. His research papers are published in peer-reviewed international journals and he has given presentations in international conferences. His academic portfolio can be viewed at https://portfolio.interfolio.com/nilankomallik.
Besides academics, Dr. Nilanko Mallik is deeply interested in music, and has taken several courses on western music (theory and practical). He enjoys playing the piano