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Classical Telugu Poetry: An Anthology

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195653007
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 418

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Pronunciation
Introduction 1
1 Nannaya 55
Entering the Mahabharata 56
Udanka and the Snakes 61
2 Nannecoda 67
On Poetry in Telugu 68
How to Make God Fall in Love 71
3 Palkuriki Somanatha 76
The Brahmin Widow and the Untouchable God 77
4 Tikkana 82
The Slaying of Kicaka 83
5 Mancana 102
The Brahmin Who Kept His Wife in the Basement 102
Quick Wit 104
The Obliging Husband 104
6 Errapragada 106
Vena and Prthu 107
7 Nacana Somanatha 112
Naraka and Urvasi 113
8 Srinatha 118
A Definition of Poetry 119
Burning the Three Cities 120
The Birth of Sukumara 127
9 Bammera Potana 133
Visnu the Dwarf 135
The Rescue of Gajendra 143
10 Annamayya 147
Songs for the Lord of the Hills 148
11 Allasani Peddana 156
The Brahmin Meets the Courtesan 158
Sanskrit and Telugu 164
12 Krsnadevaraya 166
The King's Dream 168
Visnu-citta of Villiputtur 170
13 Nandi Timmanna 178
Satyabhama Kicks Krsna 179
14 Dhurjati 191
The Story of Natkira 192
15 Tenali Ramakrsna 201
On Becoming a Frog 202
16 Nutana-kavi Suranna 216
Beauty or Wealth? 216
17 Pingali Suranna 222
Beauty Unadorned 223
18 Appakavi 230
On Poetry and Grammar 231
On Good Books 235
19 Ksetrayya 239
Courtesan Songs 240
20 Satakas 245
Dhurjati, Kalahastisvara-satakamu 246
Kancarla Gopanna [Ramadasu], Dasarathi satakamu 247
Kasula Purusottamakavi, Andhra-nayaka-satakamu 248
21 Catu Verses 251
22 Sahaji 256
Take My Wife 257
23 Samukhamu Venkatakrsnappa Nayaka 279
The Love of Indra and Ahalya 279
24 Muddupalani 293
How to Read a Book 294
Radha Instructs Ila, Krsna's New Bride, in the Arts of Love 294
25 Tyagaraja 297
I Can't See You Smile 298
Take Me for Your Guard 298
What Did You Give Them? 299
Reach Him Through Music 299
Won't You Remove the Screen? 300
Bibliography 301
Index 305
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