Surinder Kaur

Shiv Kumar Batalvi: Master of Metaphor

In the Punjabi literature, the name of Shiv Kumar Batalvi stands out amongst the poets. He was the master of metaphor. He drew his metaphors from the rural life of Punjab, animals, birds, farming, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Guru Granth Sahib and the Patwaris and quarrels about the land. As with all gifted poets, he had keen eye to observe the life around him. This closeness to the soil may have been the effect of his father being the Land officer. His poetry expressed the anguish and helplessness of the downtrodden, oppression of the women in the male dominated society.  The epic… Read More »Shiv Kumar Batalvi: Master of Metaphor