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Love Stands Alone An excellent entry point into Sri Lankan poetry from the classical period These poems read like modern poetry despite their age Highly recommended each and every word of the poems in the book reflects our own life this book would help us to admire life and nature This is my first proper reading of any sangam poetry albeit translated and it is a wide ranging collection The comprehensive introduction setting the context and explaining the structure of the tradition with clarity was immensely helpful given that I knew nothing about it The translations are mellifluous and I have many favourites one of which is borrowed in the title of the book Love stands alone I found the akam enjoyable than the puram category of poems but there are gems in both Most works are filled with symbolism often inspired from the natural world; the classification of the poems itself based on seasons that represent emotions and landscapes that describe human intricacies This book has been a wonderful introduction to sangam literature and I am excited to read Must read πŸ‘Good book to read and a treasure of tamil classical literaturethis is avery good book in English translation Gorgeous poems Loved it The breathtaking poems in Love Stands Alone speak to us across time space language and culture The interior akam and the exterior puram form their two overarching themes The akam poems are concerned with love in all its varied situations clandestine and illicit; conjugal happiness and infidelity; separation and union The puram poems encompass all other aspects of worldly life wars and battlefields the munificence of kings and chieftains and the wisdom of bardsWith a comprehensive introduction by AR Venkatachalapathy ML Thangappa’s translations delight the senses and bring alive a world long past Love stands Alone is a selections from 2000 year old #TamilSangamPoetry As uoted by #WiliamWordsworth Poetry is the spontaneous outflow of power feelingsThe poems in this corpus total 2381 composed by as many 473 poets But this book comprises of wide ranging collection of 200 breathtaking poems speak to us across time spacelanguage and culture These poems are broadly divided into #Akam Interior and #Puram Exterior Author has provided wonderful introduction to #SangamLiteratureThe speciality of sangam poems is its are classification based of five different Thinai #landscapes and mostly oriented towards Kaalam #Seasons Malar #flowers especially #Nature #Akam poems concerned with #love in all its varied situations Other than Akam are considered as Puram poems I personally felt Akam is much interesting and lovely than puram since close to our heartThis book is for those who can't read them in original poem can only be as good as translators #PoemLovers certainly love this bookβ€οΈπ‘Ύπ’Šπ’π’π’†π’“ 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 2012 π‘Ίπ’‚π’‰π’Šπ’•π’šπ’‚ π‘¨π’Œπ’‚π’…π’†π’Žπ’Š π‘»π’“π’‚π’π’”π’π’‚π’•π’Šπ’π’ π‘¨π’˜π’‚π’“π’… Terrific and yet heartwarming Love Stands Alone is a collection of translations of truly amoral poems from the sangam era Poetic license supercedes taboos and one must truly surrender to the magnanimity in perspectives to appreciate the nuances of such beautiful poetry Such sweetness So much pain so rhythamically conveyed Dying to read the native text now i love this book

  • Kindle Edition
  • 256 pages
  • Love Stands Alone
  • A.R. Venkatachalapathy
  • English
  • 21 April 2014

About the Author: A.R. Venkatachalapathy

AR Venkatachalapathy a professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies Chennai has held the Indian Council for Cultural Relations’ Chair of Indian Studies at the National University of Singapore He is published widely both in English and Tamil on the social cultural and intellectual history of colonial Tamil Nadu