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Erotic Love Poems from India: Selections from the Amarushataka

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"A single stanza of the poet Amaru," declared a ninth-century poetry critic, "may provide the taste of love equal to what's found in whole volumes." Graceful and yet remarkably playful, intensely passionate, and at times hinting of divine transcendence, the poems translated here offer poignant glimpses into the many faces of erotic love. This collection, known in Sanskrit as the Amarushataka ("One Hundred Poems of Amaru"), was compiled in the eighth century and remains to this day one of India's finest collections of love poetry. It has never been fully translated into English poetry before. Legend connects the poetry's authorship to King Amaru of Kashmir, while present-day scholars generally consider it an anthology of the verses of many poets.

Poet and translator Andrew Schelling's artful translations render the ancient verses with freshness and immediacy. Schelling's compelling introduction and afterword offer musings on the colorful background and history of the original Sanskrit text.

Synopsis:

Graceful and yet remarkably playful, intensely passionate, and at times hinting of divine transcendence, the poems translated here offer poignant glimpses into the many faces of erotic love. This collection, known in Sanskrit as the Amarushataka ("One Hundred Poems of Amaru"), was written in the eighth century and is to this day the most popular book of love poetry ever written in India, though never before translated into English. Poet and translator Andrew Schelling has done an extraordinary job of rendering into English verses that sound as fresh and immediate as any love poems written today. The translator has also included an extensive essay on the background and history of the original Sanskrit text.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590300978
Subtitle:
Selections from the Amarushataka
Translator:
Schelling, Andrew
Translator:
Schelling, Andrew
Author:
Schelling, Andrew
Author:
Amaru
Publisher:
Shambhala
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Inspirational & Religious
Subject:
Sanskrit poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series:
Shambhala Library
Series Volume:
no. 184
Publication Date:
20041228
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
6.76x4.66x.63 in. .45 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Graceful and yet remarkably playful, intensely passionate, and at times hinting of divine transcendence, the poems translated here offer poignant glimpses into the many faces of erotic love. This collection, known in Sanskrit as the Amarushataka ("One Hundred Poems of Amaru"), was written in the eighth century and is to this day the most popular book of love poetry ever written in India, though never before translated into English. Poet and translator Andrew Schelling has done an extraordinary job of rendering into English verses that sound as fresh and immediate as any love poems written today. The translator has also included an extensive essay on the background and history of the original Sanskrit text.
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