Classical Telugu Poetry - An Anthology

Classical Telugu Poetry - An Anthology

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Author: Velcheru Narayana Rao
David Shulman/
Editor(s): Velcheru Narayana Rao & David Shulman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 418
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195670183

Description

The classical tradition in Telugu is one of the richest, most original, and least explored of al South Asian literatures. This anthology-the first of its kind - and now available in a paperback edition -opens a window to a thousand years of poetry in Telugu.

Each of the major poets is represented in this anthology by a substantial selection. The poetry is often starling in its freshness, individuality and depth. The anthology ranges from the epic narrative poetry of Nannaya and Tikkana to The anthology ranges from the epic narrative poetry of Nannaya and Tikkana to the personal lyrics of Annamayya and Dhurjati. In the introductory essay, the authors provide readers with an understanding of the evolving structure and innovations of this tradition from its beginnings in the eleventh century up to the twentieth century.

Compiled by two well-known scholars, this anthology will help bring the world of Telugu poetry to a wider audience of aficionados, connoisseurs, and scholars. A companion volume, Twentieth Century Telugu Poetry : An Anthology by Velcheru Narayana Rao, Covers the modern period.

REVIEWS

Nothing of a comparable nature exists with respect to any other Indian language.
-Outlook

The translations, are meticulously done and are supported by erudite introductions and illuminating footnotes. Most of these poets transcend time and place with the power of their utterance and enunciation.
-The Book Review

Very accessible-both linguistically and theoretically-to a regular reader with a passion for good literature and cultural history.
-Deccan Chronicle

EDITED AND TRANSLATED

VELCHERU NARAYANA RAO is Krishnadevaraya Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

DAVID SHULMAN is Professor of Indian Studies and Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Contents

INTRODUCTION

Nannaya
Nanne Coda
Palkuriki Somanatha
Tikkana
Mancana
Errapragada
Nacana Somanatha
Srinatha
Bammera Potana
Vinukonda Vallabharaya
Annamayya
Allasai Peddana
Krsnadevaraya
Nandi Timmana
Dhurjati
Tenali Ramakrsna
Nutana-kavi Suranna
Pingali Suranna
Appakavi
Ksetrayya
Satakas
Catu Verses
Sahaji
Samukhamu Venkatakrsnappa Nayaka
Muddupalani
Tyagaraja

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