A History of Indian Literature, Volume X: Dravidian by Kamil V. Zvelebil; Jan Gonda (Editor)

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22 Tamil Literature breasts of pregnant women38. Observe that these similes are suggestive of the queen's loneliness, separation and longing. 10. Pattinappalai 'The City (and) Separation' is a poem by Katiyalur Uruttirankannanar about the expected separation of a lady from her lover who is about to go to Kavirippattinam, to the Chola king Karikala, a great patron of poets, to receive a reward from him. The poem contains 301 lines, 153 in vanci and 138 in akaval; only a few lines contain the akam or subjective element of the poem (on pdlai, separation); the rest is devoted to the puram or objective element of two themes: the Chola capital, and the Chola king.

MARR, The Translation of Cankam Literature, Proceedings of the First ConferenceSeminar of Tamil Studies 841-6, and A. K. RAMANUJAN, Translator's Note, in The Interior Landscape, 1967, 11-2. 63 For short descriptions of Tamil classical metre, cf. J. R. MARK, Letterature dravidiche, in Storia delle letterature d'Oriente, p. 564; K. ZVELEBIL, The Smile of Murugan, pp. 65—6; also J. VINSON, Manuel de la langue tamoule, Paris 1903, pp. 225—31. For a more detailed recent treatment of the subject, cf.

L. which says pataiyor murukayara 'the warriors perform sacrifice'), or 'distribute as food' (coru valanka) which goes well with the dative pataiyorkku. Tamil Literature 25 the title meaning literally the secretion (katdm) oozing (patu) from the mountain (malai) may be interpreted as 'The Echo of the Mountains' since the secretion may be taken as metonymy for sound; the mountain resembles the elephant in heat, from whose head flows a secretion. ' It repeats some striking similes from earlier texts: thus the strings of the lute could be loosened or tightened like a lady's bangle; the feet of songstresses are like the tongues of panting dogs, etc.

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