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Seven Hundred Elegant Verses
Author: Govardhana

ISBN: 9780814736876
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 16 October 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 389.5 x 259.6 x 1.8
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When Go·vardhana composed his "Seven Hundred Elegant Verses" in Sanskrit in the twelfth century CE, the title suggested that this was a response to the 700 verses in the more demotic Prakrit language traditionally attributed to King Hala, composed almost a thousand years earlier. Both sets of poems were composed in the arya metre. Besides being the name of a metre, in Sanskrit arya means a noble or elegant lady, and Go·vardhana wished to reflect and appeal to a sophisticated culture. These poems each consist of a single stanza, almost as condensed and allusive as a Japanese haiku. They cover the gamut of human life and emotion, though the favorite topic is love in all its aspects.

Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation

For more on this title and other titles in the Clay Sanskrit series, please visithttp://www.claysanskritlibrary.org

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