The Memory of Love: Surdas Sings to Krishna

Paperback | July 4, 2009

byJohn Stratton Hawley

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Surdas is unarguably the best known poet in Vrajbhasha, the most widely understood of the medieval Hindi literary dialects. He is the foremost Hindi poet of Krishna devotion and his verses are canonical in the Krishnaite tradition, which today is particularly vital in Western India. The versesare sung popularly throughout the Hindi-speaking regions. As with most legendary poet-singers in Indian oral tradition, Surdas's authorship has been attributed to a great many verses. In his case, these constitute a very large corpus of devotional lyrics to Krishna, known in Hindi as the Sur Sagar,"Sur's Ocean." In this volume, Jack Hawley offers a selection of his charming translations of the most appealing of these poems, arranged according to such themes as "Krishna growing up," "the pangs and politics of love," and "The Ramayana." Hawley's monumental annotated translation and commentary on the full corpus of lyrics attributed to Surdas, accompanied by Kenneth Bryant's edition of the complete Vrajbhasha text, will be published within the next few years in our South Asia Research series. In the meantime, this abridged editionwill appeal to a wide range of scholars and students of Hinduism and Indian culture.

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Surdas is unarguably the best known poet in Vrajbhasha, the most widely understood of the medieval Hindi literary dialects. He is the foremost Hindi poet of Krishna devotion and his verses are canonical in the Krishnaite tradition, which today is particularly vital in Western India. The versesare sung popularly throughout the Hindi-spe...

John Stratton Hawley is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Religion and Department Chair at Barnard College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:July 4, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsTransliterationAbbreviationsManuscripts ConsultedIntroductionPoems from Sur's OceanI. Krishna growing upII. The pangs and politics of loveIII. Krishna departs for Mathura, never to returnIV. The bee-messengerV. Lordly encounters - and othersVI. R1m1yaaaVII. The poet's petition and praiseVIII. To the holy riversNotesBibliography of Works CitedList of Poems by English TitleList of Poems by Brajbh1n1 Title