Tamil Love Poetry: The Five Hundred Short Poems of the Ainkurunuru by Columbia University Press - PDF free download eBook

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  • Published: Oct 06, 2015
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Dating from the early decades of the third century C.E., the Ainkurunuru is believed to be the earliest anthology of classical Tamil love poetry and known to be a work of enduring importance. Commissioned by a Cera-dynasty king and composed by...

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9780231521581
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Columbia University Press
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256
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Dating from the early decades of the third century C.E., the Ainkurunuru is believed to be the earliest anthology of classical Tamil love poetry and known to be a work of enduring importance. Commissioned by a Cera-dynasty king and composed by five masterful poets, the anthology renders the five landscapes of reciprocal love distinctive to the genre: jealous quarreling, anxious waiting and lamentation, clandestine love before marriage, elopement and love in separation, and patient waiting after marriage.

Despite its centrality to literary and intellectual traditions, the Ainkurunuru remains relatively unknown beyond specialists. Martha Ann Selby, well-known translator of Sanskrit poetry and literature, opens the anthology to all readers, presenting crystalline translations of 500 poems dense with natural imagery and early South Indian cultural materials. Because of their poems short length, the anthologys five authors relied largely on double entendre and sophisticated techniques of suggestion, giving their works an almost haikulike feel. Groups of verse center on one unique figure, whether an object or animal, a line of direct address, or a specific conversational or situational context. Selby introduces each section with a description of the poet and the conventions at work within the landscape. She then incorporates notes throughout the text that explain the shifting contexts.

Excerpt:

He has gone off all by himself

beyond the wastes

where tigers used to prowl

and the toothbrush trees grow tall,

their trunks parched,

on the flinty mountains,

while the lovely folds of your loins,

wide as a chariots seat,

vanish as your circlet

worked from gold

grows far too large for you.

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Martha Ann Selby is associate professor of South Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is an NEH Fellow at the National Humanities Center. She is the author of Grow Long, Blessed Night: Love Poems from Classical India and A Circle of Six Seasons: A Selection from Old Tamil, Prakrit and Sanskrit Verse and the coeditor of Tamil Geographies: Cultural Constructions of Space and Place in South India.

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Despite its centrality to literary and intellectual traditions, the Ainkurunuru remains relatively unknown beyond specialists. Martha Ann Selby, well-known translator of Sanskrit poetry and literature, opens the anthology to all readers, presenting crystalline translations of 500 poems dense with natural imagery and early South Indian cultural materials. Because of their poems short length, the anthologys five authors relied largely on double entendre and sophisticated techniques of suggestion, giving their works an almost haikulike feel. Groups of verse center on one unique figure, whether an object or animal, a line of direct address, or a specific conversational or situational context. Selby introduces each section with a description of the poet and the conventions at work within the landscape. She then incorporates notes throughout the text that explain the shifting contexts.

Excerpt:

He has gone off all by himself

beyond the wastes

where tigers used to prowl

and the toothbrush trees grow tall,

their trunks parched,

on the flinty mountains,

while the lovely folds of your loins,

wide as a chariots seat,

vanish as your circlet

worked from gold

grows far too large for you.

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