The Indigenization of Pali Meters in Thai Poetry: Mis Sea#87

The Indigenization of Pali Meters in Thai Poetry: Mis Sea#87

by Thomas Hudak
     
 

ISBN-10: 0896801594

ISBN-13: 9780896801592

Pub. Date: 05/30/1990

Publisher: Ohio University Press

During the Ayutthaya period in Thailand (1350-1767), a group of meters based upon specific types and arrangements of syllables became a significant part of the Thai literary corpus. Known as chan in Thai literature, these meters, and the stanzas created from them, were adapted and transformed so that they corresponded in structure to other Thai verse forms.

Overview

During the Ayutthaya period in Thailand (1350-1767), a group of meters based upon specific types and arrangements of syllables became a significant part of the Thai literary corpus. Known as chan in Thai literature, these meters, and the stanzas created from them, were adapted and transformed so that they corresponded in structure to other Thai verse forms. Although still used in compositions today, these meters reached their greatest popularity during the mid and late Ayutthaya period and the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries.

This study of the Thai chan meters contends that Thai linguistic constraints and poetic principles determined the transformation of the Pali meters and stanzas into their Thai counterparts. Disproving the frequent claims that the old chan compositions ignored the sequencing of the particular syllable types required by the meters, the author determines why the meters became popular only during certain eras and just what the aesthetic conditions were that nurtured the use of the meters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896801592
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
05/30/1990
Series:
Ohio RIS Southeast Asia Series, #87
Edition description:
1
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Chatper 1.Poetry in Thailand1
Verse Types4
Literary History15
Chapter 2.The Aesthetics of Sound25
Linguistic Techniques of phayr[characters not reproducible]?28
Poetic Constraints34
Chapter 3.The Transformation of the Pali Meters and Stanzas45
The Influence of Pali45
The Vuttodaya (Exposition of Meter)48
The Syllable50
Rhyme and the Stanza in Thai51
The Transformation of the Pali Stanzas58
The Stanzas Not Inscribed at Wat Chetuphon91
Chapter 4.Poetic Conventions in the chan Meters97
Phonological and Morphological Changes in the chan Meters98
The Conventions in Context115
Chapter 5.The New Thai chan Meters147
The Meters of the Old Classics150
The Meters of the Modern Classics156
Chapter 6.Reaction to phayr[characters not reproducible]? and the Rejection of the chan Meters173
Appendices
A.Phonemic Transcription179
B.Examples in Thai181
C.Examples in Pali205
D.The Pali and Thai chan Meters209
E.Thai chan Compositions Consulted223
Bibliography227
Index235

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