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 amazing for his or her wit and precision, their lyrical perception at the standard, 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 realizing 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 creation and a concluding essay discover intimately the tales and texts that include the catu approach.
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What shall, alas! become of me? 58 52. T. Heywood “Pack, clouds, away, and welcome day” PACK, clouds, away, and welcome day, With night we banish sorrow; Sweet air blow soft, mount larks aloft To give my Love good-morrow! Wings from the wind to please her mind Notes from the lark I’ll borrow; Bird, prune thy wing, nightingale sing, To give my Love good-morrow; To give my Love good-morrow Notes from them both I’ll borrow. Wake from thy nest, robin-red-breast, Sing, birds, in every furrow; And from each hill, let music shrill Give my fair Love good-morrow!
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Nativity, once in the main of light, Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crown’d, Crooked eclipses ’gainst his glory fight, And Time that gave, doth now his gift confound. Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth, And delves the parallels in beauty’s brow; Feeds on the rarities of nature’s truth, And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow:— And yet, to times in hope, my verse shall stand Praising Thy worth, despite his cruel hand. 36 31. W. Shakespeare “Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing” FAREWELL !
A Poem at the Right Moment: Remembered Verses from Premodern South India (Voices from Asia) by Velcheru Narayana Rao, David Shulman