Literary Techniques in Old Tamil Caṅkam Poetry

Literary Techniques in Old Tamil Caṅkam Poetry

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The present study is a step towards an historical and philologicaldescription of the founding literary tradition of Southern India. This so-called Cankam literature was composed around the beginning of the common era in a language today known as qClassical Tamil.q Ten anthologies of its poetry have survived. Its literary techniques and their presuppositions are presented here in detail on the basis of an analysis of one of these anthologies, the Kur-untokai, which is a collection of 401 short love poems. While the introduction and the last chapter, on poetic style, are also meant for the general student of literature, the second and third chapters will be of interest mainly to specialists. These deal with syntax (especially particle syntax) and with the poetological background of the poetry. The formal features described include the use of formulae; the organisation of a poetic universe in terms of themes, topoi and motifs; syntactic types, such as circular construction; rhetorical fi gures, such as metaphors, similes and insets; poetic ambiguity achieved through the use of a symbolic code; puns; and intertextual allusions.In conclusion chapter V will discuss the relation between convention and individuality, which can be described as a productive tension. As for general comprehensibility, in the present volume the highly technical analysis of sentence structuresanbsp;...


Title:Literary Techniques in Old Tamil Caṅkam Poetry
Author: Eva Wilden
Publisher:Otto Harrassowitz Verlag - 2006
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