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The four hundred songs of love: anthology of poems from classical Tamil, the Akananuru, tr. and annotated by George L.Hart


ISBN: 9788184702132

Institut Francais de Pondicherry, Pondichery

Pub. Year: 2015

Pages, ills, maps etc.,
xviii+486p., bib., 24cm.

RS. 1000.00 Paperback

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Series: Regards sur I'Asie du Sud / South Asian Perspectives; 7
The Akananuru is the longest collection in the Tamil Sangam anthologies. It is one of the seminal works of classical India and contains poems that are among the finest ever written in India or anywhere else. The aim of this translation is to make the Akana?u?u accessible to readers who know English. It strives for scrupulous accuracy while keeping the felicity and poetic quality of the original. The Akananuru provides an account of the daily life of people of its times, one more detailed than any others that are available to us. Its poets were able to imbue virtually every poem with life by their striking use of images, their use of suggestion, their often uncanny sense of the feelings of the characters they portray, their intricate descriptions of flora and fauna, and their evocation of places, personages and events. Their use of imagery can be striking and sublime, but even more, their evocation of life 2000 years ago in all its aspects rings true. They left behind a world that lives and breathes, one that, through their poems, we can enter and experience as if it were our own.;
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