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Poems of Love and War: From the Eight Anthologies and the Ten Long Poems of Classical Tamil

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Translations based on: Ettuttokai; Pattuppattu; and Tolkappiyam."
Paperback, 329 pages
Published November 5th 1985 by Columbia University Press (first published 1985)
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Laura
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book - got it for Christmas and read it straight through. It appeals to me on so many levels. The classical Tamil anthologies these poems are taken from were literally lost to Tamil scholars - indeed, to the world - for centuries. Ramanujan relates the tale of a Tamil scholar who, upon hearing of their existence, dedicates his life to finding, preserving, and transcribing them. The scholar scours Buddhist monasteries across India, rummages through peoples' attics, collecting the poe ...more
Matthew
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poetry from ancient Tamil Nadu in translation. I can't stand poetry normally, but I really enjoyed this collection in grad school and recently bought a copy I ran across. Ramanujan also provides useful interpretive notes. Good for reading on a summer day and thinking of people and places far away.
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Ramanujan was an Indian poet, scholar and author, a philologist, folklorist, translator, poet and playwright. His academic research ranged across five languages: Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Sanskrit, and English. He published works on both classical and modern variants of these literature and also argued strongly for giving local, non-standard dialects their due.

He was called "Indo-Anglian harbingers
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