Subhāshitāvali: An Anthology of Comic, Erotic and Other Verse (Penguin Classics)

Subhāshitāvali: An Anthology of Comic, Erotic and Other Verse (Penguin Classics)


The subhashita verse is a well-liked function of Sanskrit literature. Composed in isolation or as a part of a bigger paintings, it really is basically a miniature poem which encapsulates an entire suggestion, temper or photo in one stanza. those verse epigrams have a variety of subject matters. this feature from the Subhashitavali, a celebrated verse anthology compiled through Vallabhadeva in c. fifteenth-century Kashmir, deals a wealthy number of erotic poetry and a wealth of lyrical and gnomic verse. One part is given to earthy humour and cynical satire seldom to be had in English renditions. additionally incorporated are invocations and allegories, panegyrics and pen-pictures, sage observations and stark musings. The sweep of those verses is matched by way of the eclectic array of participants from illustrious poets like Vyasa and Valmiki, Kalidasa and Bana to others now commonly forgotten. those verses of jollity and wit, ribaldry and bawdiness, snide sarcasm and wry remark exhibit the truth that Sanskrit literature, quite often perceived as staid and critical, is additionally flippant and enjoyable.

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