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This groundbreaking anthology opens a window on a thousand years of classical poetry in Telugu, the mellifluous language of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The classical tradition in Telugu is one of the richest yet least explored of all South Asian literatures. This authoritative volume, the first anthology of classical Telugu poetry in English, gives an overview of one of the world's most creative poetic traditions. Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman have brought together mythological, religious, and secular texts by twenty major poets who wrote between the eleventh and nineteenth centuries. The beautifully translated selections are often dramatic and unexpected in tone and effect, and sometimes highly personal. The authors have provided an informative, engaging introduction, fleshing out the history of Telugu literature, situating its poets in relation to significant literary themes and historical developments, and discussing the relationship between Telugu and the classical literature and poetry of Sanskrit.

Synopsis:

"An amazing book . . . There is nothing remotely like it anywhere in the world. I am in awe at the skill with which the many different voices in this collection have been kept alive. It is a terrific and stunningly interesting read."—Wendy Doniger, author of The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade

"This is a superb collection, which presents to the English reading public for the first time a literature of great beauty and importance. There is no similar or comparable anthology for any Indian language let alone Telugu. All of the translations of the poems are exquisite and learned. The introduction is both a much needed history of Telugu poetry and also a guide to the aesthetics of Telugu poetry and the art of reading it."—Phyllis Granoff, translator of The Journey: Stories by K.C. Das

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This groundbreaking anthology opens a window on a thousand years of classical poetry in Telugu, the mellifluous language of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The classical tradition in Telugu is one of the richest yet least explored of all South Asian literatures. This authoritative volume, the first anthology of classical Telugu poetry in English, gives an overview of one of the world's most creative poetic traditions. Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman have brought together mythological, religious, and secular texts by twenty major poets who wrote between the eleventh and nineteenth centuries. The beautifully translated selections are often dramatic and unexpected in tone and effect, and sometimes highly personal. The authors have provided an informative, engaging introduction, fleshing out the history of Telugu literature, situating its poets in relation to significant literary themes and historical developments, and discussing the relationship between Telugu and the classical literature and poetry of Sanskrit.

About the Author

Velcheru Narayana Rao is Krishnadevaraya Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. David Shulman is Professor of Indian Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Together they have written A Poem at the Right Moment: Remembered Verses from Premodern South India (California, 1998) and When God is a Customer: Telugu Courtesan Songs by Ksetrayya and Others (California, 1994, with A. K. Ramanujan).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Note on Pronunciation

Introduction

1. Nannaya

2. Nannecoda

3. Palkuriki Somanatha

4. Tikkana

5. Mancana

6. Errapragada

7. Nacana Somanatha

8. Srinatha

9. Bammera Potana

10. Annamayya

11. Allasani Peddana

12. Krsnadevaraya

13. Nandi Timmanna

14. Dhurjati

15. Tenali Ramakrsna

16. Nutana-kavi Suranna

17. Pingali Suranna

18. Appakavi

19. Ksetrayya

20. Satakas

21. Catu Verses

22. Sahaji

23. Samukhamu Venkatakrsnappa Nayaka

24. Muddupalani

25. Tyagaraja

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520225985
Editor:
Narayanaravu, Velceru
Editor:
Shulman, David
Translator:
Narayana Rao, Velcheru
Editor:
Narayanaravu, Velceru
Editor:
Shulman, David
Author:
Narayana Rao, Velcheru
Author:
Shulman, David
Author:
Narayanaravu, Velceru
Author:
Rao, Velcheru Narayana
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
To 1500
Subject:
Telugu poetry
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Telugu poetry - To 1500 -
Subject:
Telugu poetry - 1500-1800 -
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Voices from Asia
Series Volume:
13
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 1.06 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
"An amazing book . . . There is nothing remotely like it anywhere in the world. I am in awe at the skill with which the many different voices in this collection have been kept alive. It is a terrific and stunningly interesting read."—Wendy Doniger, author of The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade

"This is a superb collection, which presents to the English reading public for the first time a literature of great beauty and importance. There is no similar or comparable anthology for any Indian language let alone Telugu. All of the translations of the poems are exquisite and learned. The introduction is both a much needed history of Telugu poetry and also a guide to the aesthetics of Telugu poetry and the art of reading it."—Phyllis Granoff, translator of The Journey: Stories by K.C. Das

"Synopsis" by , This groundbreaking anthology opens a window on a thousand years of classical poetry in Telugu, the mellifluous language of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The classical tradition in Telugu is one of the richest yet least explored of all South Asian literatures. This authoritative volume, the first anthology of classical Telugu poetry in English, gives an overview of one of the world's most creative poetic traditions. Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman have brought together mythological, religious, and secular texts by twenty major poets who wrote between the eleventh and nineteenth centuries. The beautifully translated selections are often dramatic and unexpected in tone and effect, and sometimes highly personal. The authors have provided an informative, engaging introduction, fleshing out the history of Telugu literature, situating its poets in relation to significant literary themes and historical developments, and discussing the relationship between Telugu and the classical literature and poetry of Sanskrit.
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