From the mid-sixties Nissim Ezekiel's considerations of his focal themes of commitment, identity, India, poetry, love and prayer have become more radically fictive.' It is as though to make sense of his world, he has been working to break down perceptions into 'new structures, r~cher, finer, fitted to the primary tendencies of our nature'. 2 But these fictions, the suggestion of infinite variations and of no one 'truth', enter Ezekiel's poetry almost reluctantly. He was early struck by a need to define, to place his world and to see himself 'No longer unresolved I But definite as morning' ('Something to Pursue', A TC, p. 14). And even when he recognizes that his 'dim but definite ... final shape I Is probably uncertainty' it alarms him ('What Frightens Me .. .', Third).
Wieland, James, 'Making light of the process': Nissim Ezekiel's poetic fictions, Kunapipi, 2(2), 1980.