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ISBN-10: 0195326393

ISBN-13: 9780195326390

ISBN-10: 0195326407

ISBN-13: 9780195326406

during this better half 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 subject matters of Venkatesa's devotional poetics, from the play of divine absence and presence on the planet 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 adventure of a "beauty that saves" and to what Hopkins phrases the paradoxical coexistence of asymmetry and intimacy of lover and loved on the middle of the divine-human stumble upon. additionally, 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 style of madeleine dipped in tea, or Blake's international in a Grain of Sand, we style and spot, during this one specific position, and during this one specific kind of Vishnu, quite a few protean types and powers of the divine, and hint a veritable summa of theological, philosophical, and literary designs.

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

As a lot an issue as an anthology, this booklet might be of curiosity to scholars and students of South Asian reports, comparative faith, and Indian literatures.

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