An Ornament for Jewels: Love Poems For The Lord of Gods, by by PDF

ISBN-10: 0195326393

ISBN-13: 9780195326390

ISBN-10: 0195326407

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during this spouse quantity to Singing the physique of God (Oxford 2002), Steven P. Hopkins has translated into modern American English verse poems written by means of the South Indian Srivaisnava thinker and saint-poet Venkatesa (c. 1268-1369). those poems, in 3 various languages - Sanskrit, Tamil, and Maharastri Prakrit -- composed for one specific Hindu god, Vishnu Devanayaka, the "Lord of Gods" at Tiruvahindrapuram, shape a microcosm of the saint-poet's paintings. They surround significant issues of Venkatesa's devotional poetics, from the play of divine absence and presence on the earth of spiritual feelings; the "telescoping" of time previous and destiny within the everlasting "present" of the poem; love, human vulnerability and the impassible perfected physique of god; to the devotional event of a "beauty that saves" and to what Hopkins phrases the paradoxical coexistence of asymmetry and intimacy of lover and liked on the center of the divine-human stumble upon. in addition, those poems shape not just a thematic microcosm, yet a linguistic one embracing all 3 of the poet's operating languages. just like the remembered international of Proust's Combray within the flavor of madeleine dipped in tea, or Blake's global in a Grain of Sand, we flavor and notice, during this one specific position, and during this one specific type of Vishnu, quite a few protean varieties and powers of the divine, and hint a veritable summa of theological, philosophical, and literary designs.

each one translated poem varieties a bankruptcy in itself, has its personal person brief Afterword, besides particular linguistic and thematic notes and observation. the amount concludes, for comparative purposes, with a translation of Tirumankaiyalvar's luminous cycle of verses for Devanayaka from the Periyatirumoli.

As a lot a controversy as an anthology, this booklet may be of curiosity to scholars and students of South Asian reviews, comparative faith, and Indian literatures.

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