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The Four Hundred Songs of War and Wisdom: An Anthology of Poems from Classical Tamil, the Puranānūru

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Two prominent translators present the first complete English-language edition of one of India's greatest works of classical literature: the Purananuru.This anthology of four hundred poems by more than 150 poets between the first and third centuries C.E. in old Tamil — the literary language of ancient Tamilnadu — was composed before Aryan influence had penetrated the south. It is thus a unique testament to pre-Aryan India. Beyond its importance for understanding the development of South Asia's history, culture, religion, and linguistics, the Purananuruis a great work of literature, reflecting accurately and profoundly the life of southern India 2,000 years ago. One of the few works of classical India that confronts life without the insulation of a philosophical facade and that makes no basic assumptions about karma and the afterlife, the Purananuruhas universal appeal. It faces the world as a great and unsolved mystery, delving into living and dying, despair, love, poverty, and the changing nature of existence. To this hidden gem of world literature George L. Hart and Hank Heifetz add a helpful appendix, an annotated bibliography, and an excellent introduction describing the work and placing it in its social and historical context.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231512527
Subtitle:
An Anthology of Poems from Classical Tamil, the Purananuru
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Translated by:
George L. Hart
Edited by:
George L. Hart
Author:
George L. Hart
Author:
Heifetz, Hank
Author:
Hart, George L.
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Tamil poetry
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Puöranåaönåuöru
Subject:
War poetry, Tamil
Subject:
War poetry, Tamil - Translations into English
Subject:
Tamil poetry -- To 1500.
Subject:
Classics-Indian
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20020901
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
397

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