I Keep Vigil of Rudra: The Vachanas

I Keep Vigil of Rudra: The Vachanas

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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 128 x 188 x 16mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
  • Penguin Books India
  • New Delhi, India
  • English
  • 014306357X
  • 9780143063575
  • 2,107,359

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Here I come, a ferryman without a body to the great flowing river. If you play the price your mind that grasps and let’s go, I shall take you across. Vachana poetry in Kannada literature attained its zenith in the twelfth century. Passionate, intensely personal and ahead of their times, these free-verse poems speak eloquently of the futility of formal learning, the vanity of wealth and the evils of social divisions. The vachanas stress on the worship of Shiva, through love, labour and devotion, as the only worthwhile life-goal for the vachanakara—the vachana poet. This collection offers a selection of vachanas composed by a wide range of vachanakaras from different walks of life. While some of these poets are well known even today, most have been forgotten. Translated fluidly and with great skill by H.S. Shivaprakash, I Keep Vigil of Rudra is not only an important addition to vachana literature, but also a must read for lovers of poetry everywhere. (From the back cover) Contents Acknowledgements ix Introduction xi Abbreviations of the Kannada Source Texts lxxix The Path: Vachanas 1 The Path: I Saw This Wonder 7 The Path: Ugh! This Empty Show of the World 39 The Path: Labour 85 The Path: Journey 103 The Destination: Union 151 Select Bibliography 171show more
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