By Velcheru Narayana Rao, David Shulman
A Poem on the correct Moment collects, and preserves, poems--called catus--that have circulated orally for hundreds of years in South India. The poems are extraordinary for his or her wit and precision, their lyrical perception at the general, their fascination with sensual event, and their exploration of the relationship among language and wish. Taken jointly the catus provide a penetrating serious imaginative and prescient and an knowing of the classical traditions of Telugu, Tamil, and Sanskrit.
every one poem is gifted in a modern English translation besides the Indian-language unique. An advent and a concluding essay discover intimately the tales and texts that include the catu procedure.
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A Poem at the Right Moment: Remembered Verses from Premodern South India (Voices from Asia) by Velcheru Narayana Rao, David Shulman