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Tamil love poetry

Selby, Martha Ann:
Tamil love poetry : the five hundred short poems of the Ainkurunuru / transl. and ed. by Martha Ann Selby. - New York : Columbia University Press, 2011. - ca. 256 S. - (Translations from the Asian classics)
Einheitssachtitel: Aiṅkur̲unūr̲u <engl.>
ISBN 978-0-231-15064-4
US$ 84,50 / £ 58,50 (cloth)
ISBN 978-0-231-15065-1
US$ 27,50 / £ 19,00 (Paperback)
DDC: 894.81111
-- Angekündigt für Mai 2011 --

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 anthology's 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. [Verlagsinformation]

Acknowledgments. ix
Introduction. 1
1. Marutam (100 Poems on Jealous Quarreling by Ōrampōkiyār). 23
2. Neytal (100 Poems on Lamenting the Lover’s Absence by Ammūvaṉār). 53
3. Kuṟiñci (100 Poems on the Union of Lovers by Kapilar). 85
4. Pālai (100 Poems on Separation by Ōtalāntaiyār). 123
5. Mullai (100 Poems on Patient Waiting for the Lover’s Return by Pēyaṉār). 157
References. 187
Index. 191

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. Profile page.

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