Sanskrit Poetry from Vidyakara's Treasury / Edition 1

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In this rich collection of Sanskrit verse, the late Daniel Ingalls provides English readers with a wide variety of poetry from the vast anthology of an eleventh-century Buddhist scholar.

Although the style of poetry presented here originated in royal courts, Ingalls shows how it was adapted to all aspects of life, and came to address issues as diverse as love, sex, heroes, nature and peace. More than thirty years after its original publication, Sanskrit Poetry continues to be the main resource for all interseted in this multifaceted and elegant tradition.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
Elegant and sophisticated poetry...this is a superb work.
These flowering--seemingly easy--translations are delightful to read...'Blossoming of Love,' 'Love in Enjoyment,' and a few others, celebrate sex play that is sensuous and ecstatic, yet not lacking artistry and taste...'Characterizations,' 'Old Age,' 'the Hero,' various gods--on and on, there is an inexhaustible variety of subject, style, and tone...One is particularly grateful to Professor Ingalls for proving that it is delightful poetry even in translation...[He] carefully introduces Sanskrit poetry, as to form, metrics, imagery, poetics in general, so that one guesses the power and elegance possible in a tradition so subtly analyzed by its critics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674788657
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David H. H. Ingalls was Wales Professor of Sanskrit, Emeritus, Harvard University.
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Table of Contents

General Introduction

The Anthology

1.-3. The Buddha and the Bodhisattvas

4. Siva

5. Siva's Household

6. Visnu

7. The Sun

8. Spring

9. Summer

10. The Rains

11. Autumn

12. Early Winter

13. Late Winter

14. Kama

15. Adolescnece

16. Young Women

17. The Blossoming of Love

18. Words of the Female Messenger

19. Love in Enjoyment

20. The Evidence of Consummation

21. The Woman Offended

22. The Lady Parted from Her Lover

23. The Lover Separated from His Mistress

24. The Wanton

25. The Lady's Expression of Anger at Her Messenger

26. The Lamp

27. Sunset

28. Darkness

29. The Moon

30. Dawn

31. Midday

32. Fame

33. Allegorical Epigrams

34. Breezes

35. Characterizations

36. Greatness

37. Good Men

38. Villians

39. Poverty and Misers

40. Substantiations

41. Flattery of Kings

42. Discouragement

43. Old Age

44. The Cremation Ground

45. The Hero

46. Inscriptional Panegyrics

47. Mountains

48. Peace

49. Miscellaneous

50. Praise of Poets

Appendix: Punning Verses

A Note on the Pronounciation of Sanskrit Words


Index of Authors

General Index

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