Love Stands Alone: Selections from Tamil Sangam Poetry

Love Stands Alone: Selections from Tamil Sangam Poetry 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

10 thoughts on “Love Stands Alone: Selections from Tamil Sangam Poetry

  1. says:

    I enjoyed this book, which is a present from a dear friend I gave it 4 stars.Incidentally I find it strange that Goodreads acknowledges the person who wrote the introduction as the author, rather than the person who did the translations I wonder if this is normal I think that M.L Thangappa also needs to be included in the Goodreads information about the book.I found

  2. says:

    An excellent entry point into Sri Lankan poetry from the classical period These poems read like modern poetry, despite their age Highly recommended.

  3. says:

    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 titl

  4. says:

    Must read

  5. says:

    each and every word of the poems in the book reflects our own life this book would help us to admire life and nature.

  6. says:

    Gorgeous poems Loved it

  7. says:

    Good book to read and a treasure of tamil classical literature.this is a.very good book in English translation

  8. says:

    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.

  9. says:

    i love this book

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About the Author: A.R. Venkatachalapathy

A.R 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.

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