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Poets of the Tamil Anthologies: Ancient Poems of Love and War

Poets of the Tamil Anthologies: Ancient Poems of Love and War

Copyright Date: 1979
Pages: 224
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    Poets of the Tamil Anthologies: Ancient Poems of Love and War
    Book Description:

    The poems of ancient Tamil are one of India's most important contributions to world literature. Presented here in English translation is a selection of roughly three hundred poems from five of the earliest poetic anthologies of classical Tamil literature. These lyrical poems are intimately related to the agricultural society that produced them, and their direct connection with the earth as well as their use of ornament and suggestion give them a quality unlike that of any other poetic tradition.

    Originally published in 1979.

    ThePrinceton Legacy Libraryuses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-6940-4
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-2)
    (pp. 3-16)

    The literature of the Tamils, a people numbering about fifty million who inhabit the southeasternmost part of India as well as the north and east of Ceylon, goes back nearly two thousand years. The first literature we have in the language, written between the first and third centuries a.d., is divided into eight anthologies. The earliest five of these have provided the poems translated in this book.

    The poems are divided into two great categories:akam, or interior, poems that view life from inside the family and concern the love between man and woman, andpuṟam, or exterior, poems that...

  5. Ain̄kuṟunūṟu
    (pp. 17-44)
  6. Kuṟuntokai
    (pp. 45-88)
  7. Naṟṟiṇai
    (pp. 89-106)
  8. Akanāṉūṟu
    (pp. 107-136)
  9. Puṟanāṉūṟu
    (pp. 137-210)
    (pp. 211-212)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 213-213)