A Poem At The Right Moment : Remembered Verses From Premodern South India

Author: Velcheru Narayana Rao
Publisher: University of California Press
Keywords: premodern, south, india, verses, remembered, right, moment, poem
Number of Pages: 236
Published: 1998
ISBN-10: 0520208498
ISBN-13: 9780520208490

Book Description:

A Poem at the Right Moment collects, and preserves, poems--called catus--that have circulated orally for centuries in South India. The poems are remarkable for their wit and precision, their lyrical insight on the commonplace, their fascination with sensual experience, and their exploration of the connection between language and desire. Taken together the catus offer a penetrating critical vision and an understanding of the classical traditions of Telugu, Tamil, and Sanskrit.
Each poem is presented in a contemporary English translation along with the Indian-language original. An introduction and a concluding essay explore in detail the stories and texts that comprise the catu system. A Poem at the Right Moment collects, and preserves, poems--called catus--that have circulated orally for centuries in South India. The poems are remarkable for their wit and precision, their lyrical insight on the commonplace, their fascination with sensual experience, and their exploration of the connection between language and desire. Taken together the catus offer a penetrating critical vision and an understanding of the classical traditions of Telugu, Tamil, and Sanskrit.
Each poem is presented in a contemporary English translation along with the Indian-language original. An introduction and a concluding essay explore in detail the stories and texts that comprise the catu system.


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