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Grow Long, Blessed Night: Love Poems from Classical India / Edition 1
     

Grow Long, Blessed Night: Love Poems from Classical India / Edition 1

by Martha Ann Selby
 

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ISBN-10: 019512734X

ISBN-13: 9780195127348

Pub. Date: 02/08/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Like red earth and streaming rain,
our loving hearts merged all by themselves.
Captured in these centuries-old verses are the intoxication of new love, the romance of courtship, and the longing of separated lovers. Here are the voices of older women advising their younger friends, the words of messengers conveying secrets between lovers, and the musings of

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Like red earth and streaming rain,
our loving hearts merged all by themselves.
Captured in these centuries-old verses are the intoxication of new love, the romance of courtship, and the longing of separated lovers. Here are the voices of older women advising their younger friends, the words of messengers conveying secrets between lovers, and the musings of lovers to themselves. Culled from large anthologies that date from as early as the first century CE to as late as the eighth, Martha Ann Selby's masterful translations allow the poems to stand on their own in English while still maintaining the flavors of the original verses as reflected in idiom and structure. The book's 200 erotic poems are composed in India's three classical languages: Old Tamil, Maharastri Prakit, and Sanskrit, and grouped according to themes, with annotations provided whenever a brief gloss is necessary. After opening with several informative essays on the poems and how to read them, their origin, and the languages in which they were composed, the book proceeds with the delicate images, voices, and emotions of the verses themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195127348
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/08/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Part One: Essays
Introduction
3(23)
The Comparative Problem
5(4)
The Tamil Corpus
9(2)
The Sanskrit Corpus
11(2)
Prakrit Gathas
13(1)
Commonalities
14(3)
Divergences
17(4)
Aesthetic Response
21(5)
Reading "North" and "South": Issues of Comparative Reading and the Classical Poetry of South Asia
26(20)
Rasa
26(5)
Rasa and the Meyppattiyal
31(2)
Tinai
33(4)
Issues of Comparative Reading
37(6)
Dhvani
43(3)
Reading Tamil Cankam Poetry
46(16)
Akam and Puram
47(5)
Tinai and the Psychology of Place
52(6)
U. Ve. Caminataiyar and the Birth of the Modern Tamil Commentary
58(4)
Reading the Sanskrit Amarusataka
62(19)
Desire in Interpretation
71(10)
Reading the Prakit Gathas
81(18)
Formal Structures and the Problem of Meaning
83(1)
Categories of Interpretation
84(5)
Inventing Contexts for Maharastri Gathas
89(10)
Conclusion
99(16)
Space, Movement, and Feminine Sexuality
101(6)
In Search of Masculine Sexuality
107(8)
Part Two: Translations
Young Women Speak to Their Female Friends
115(21)
The Advice of Older Women to Their Young Friends
136(12)
Friends Carry Messages to the Lovers
148(10)
Young Men Speak to Their Male Friends
158(6)
Young Men Speak to Their Lovers
164(5)
Women Speak to Their Lovers
169(8)
The Lovers Muse to Themselves
177(12)
The Voices of Mothers and Foster Mothers
189(8)
Wives Address Their Philandering Husbands
197(9)
Wives Speak to Their Husbands' Messengers and to Their Friends
206(9)
Wives' Friends Speak to Husbands' Messengers (and to the Husbands Themselves)
215(11)
The Voices of Other Women
226(5)
Notes 231(10)
Bibliography 241(12)
Index 253

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