By V. V. S Aiyar
"It isn't effortless to persuade the literary international at this past due hour of the day that there's, unsuspected via the larger a part of it, a Tamil poet who's precious to take rank with the best names in literature. it really is, in spite of the fact that, my function during this ebook to make an try and end up that during the Ramayana of Kamban the realm possesses an epic which could problem comparability no longer purely with the 'Iliad' and the 'Aeneid', the 'Paradise misplaced' and the 'Mahabharata', yet with its unique itself, particularly, the 'Ramayana' of Valmiki. this isn't the language of mere patriotic enthusiasm. it truly is an opinion that has grown slowly with the years and after deep and cautious learn. and that i desire to make the neutral reader upward thrust from the examine of this monograph with a conviction of the reality of my competition and with a wish to recognize extra of the poet than what he'll see exhibited in the pages of this volume...
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1 .. i_This arrangement and description are given by J. V. , Colombo), an excellent rendering in English verse. P a t tu p a ttu x lii TAMIL 1. Porunararruppadai (lit. A Poem of Recommendation to a Bard) was composed by Mudattamakanniar. The poet recommends Karikala Colan to a bard as a patron of literature. It contains 248 lines. 2. Pattinapalai (lit. [a song of a-] City and Separation) was written by Uritthirankannanar. It is based on a contemplated separation of a husband from his wife. It is a poem of 301 lines.
P. pp. 126 and 127. 1 THE LA NG UA G E AND LITERATURE ' x llX cu rre n t th a t K am b an ’s R am ayanam owes m uch of its excellence and m any of its beauties to this m em orable Epic. T he above five w orks are called th e F ive M ajor Epics. T h ere w ere also o th er w orks of w hich th e m ost im p o rta n t are five, called th e F ive M inor Epics or A in -S iru -K a p p ia m . M in o r^ ic s T hey are N ilakesi, Sulam ani, Y a so th a ra -K a vya m , N agahum ara-K avyam , and U thayanan^K athai.
Here we are introduced to a number of kings of the Cera dynasty, with a splendid record of their deeds and achievements thus enabling us to get at a true picture of the political conditions of Tamil land about two thousand years ago. Of the ten books into which the whole work is divided, the first and the last are not available to us. The Paripadal (literally stanzas of strophic metre) is according to tradition a composition of the first Academy as well as the third Academy. If both are 'different works, the first Sangam work is lost.
Kamba Ramayana: A study, with translations in verse or poetic prose of over four thousand of the original poems by V. V. S Aiyar