Poems of Love and War: From the Eight Anthologies and the Ten Long Poems of Classical Tamil

Paperback | April 9, 2006

byA. K. Ramanujan

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In this volume, A. K. Ramanujan translates old Tamil poems selected from anthologies compiled around two millennia ago.These poems are "classical" - early ancient; they are also "classics" - works that have stood the test of time, the founding works of a whole tradition. Early classical Tamilliterature (c.100 BC - AD 250) consists of eight anthologies (Ettuttokai), the ten long poems (Pattuppattu), and a grammar called the Tolkappiyan or the "old composition". With the marriage of traditional form and the language of modern usage, the greatness of classical Tamil literature becomesevident to readers: the poems speak to one another, with lyricism and drama. The poems are followed by an Afterword: an essay on the Tamil world picture and its relation to Tamil poetry and poetics. The transliteration of Tamil words follows the Tamil lexicon. This edition contains a new preface byMolly Daniels-Ramanujan.

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In this volume, A. K. Ramanujan translates old Tamil poems selected from anthologies compiled around two millennia ago.These poems are "classical" - early ancient; they are also "classics" - works that have stood the test of time, the founding works of a whole tradition. Early classical Tamilliterature (c.100 BC - AD 250) consists of e...

A.K. Ramanujan (1929 - 1993) William E. Colvin Professor at the University of Chicago, and taught at various other institutions for forty years. He was awarded a Padma Shri in 1976 and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1983. He was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1990 and won a posthumous prize from the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.46 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:April 9, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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