Art of Sanskrit Poetry
An Introduction to Language & Poetics
By Niels Hammer
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
865 pages, 7 1/4" x 10"
This book is both an introduction to Sanskrit and an investigation into the
relationship between the nine basic affective states and the form they take
in the absence of self-interest according to the theory of Indian aesthetics
as developed in the Dhvanyaloka and the Abhinavabharati.
To illustrate the process of aesthetic appreciation the different categories
of suggestion in a continuous twelfth century poetic text, and the various forms
of aesthetic experience which the suggestions initiate, are analyzed consecutively.
The aspects of culture, mythology, astronomy, botany, etc, which were particularly
characteristic of mediaeval India, are discussed in the notes on the basis of
references to Vedic, Upanisadic, Epic, and Puranic texts, as well as to other
anthologies of poetry, but also to recent scientific literature in order to
explicate them in a more multidisciplinary context.
The grammatical section is based on the text. The vocabulary facilitates alternative
translations and hence different suggestions and aesthetic experiences. The
General Index includes explanations of all grammatical forms and translations
of Sanskrit technical terms plus cross references of English-Sanskrit and Latin-English-Sanskrit
regarding flora and fauna.
Language Studies; Poetry
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