Speaking of Siva
Translated by A. K. Ramanujan
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Speaking of Siva by A. K. Ramanujan
Book Description"Speaking of Siva" is a selection of vacanas or free-verse sayings from the Virasaiva religious movement, dedicated to Siva as the supreme god. Written by four major saints, the greatest exponents of this poetic form, between the tenth and twelfth centuries, they are passionate lyrical expressions of the search for an unpredictable and spontaneous spiritual vision of 'now'. Here, yogic and tantric symbols, riddles and enigmas subvert the language of ordinary experience, as references to night and day, sex and family relationships take on new mystical meanings. These intense poems of personal devotion to a single deity also question traditional belief systems, customs, superstitions, image worship and even moral strictures, in verse that speaks to all men and women regardless of class and caste.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140442700
(200mm x 133mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Mar-1973
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author A. K. Ramanujan
Interior Landscape, Paperback (March 2014)
The Interior Landscape: Love Poems from the Classical Tamil includes the work of fifty-one poets selected from a renowned anthology of love poetry, the Kuruntokai, that dates back to the first three centuries AD.
Poems of Love and War, Paperback (May 2011)
Translations based on: Ettuttokai; Pattuppattu; and Tolkappiyam.
Collected Essays of A.K. Ramanujan, Paperback (March 2004)
Poet, translator, folklorist, A.K. Ramanujan has been recognized as the world's most profound scholar of South Asian language and culture. This book brings together 30 essays on literature and culture written by him over a period of four decades. The volume also contains notes on each essay as well as a chronology of Ramanujan's books and essays.
Oxford Anthology of Modern Indian Poetry, Paperback (July 1997)» View all books by A. K. Ramanujan
An anthology of 20th century Indian poetry, bringing together 125 poets, in English and English translation from 14 Indian languages. Poets featured include: Rabindranath Tagore and Vikram Seth; 'subaltern' poets such as Narayan Surve, and three generations of women poets, from Balamani Indira Sant to Revathi Devi and Gagan Gill.
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Translated with an introduction by A. K. Ramanujan
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