IN-FORM POET – NAANI
The NAANI is one of India’s most popular Telugu forms, Naani means “expression of one and all.” It consists of 4 lines, totalling 20 to 25 syllables. It is generally untitled, although the subject may be inferred in the first line. The poem is not bound to a particular subject, but is often about human relations. The form was introduced by one of the renowned Telugu poets, Dr. N. Gopi.
Is not necessarily
Her eyes and smile speak fluently.
Airing our differences
in the dance of give and take;
agreement through our compromises.