Pale eyes – Ainkurunooru 264

This poem is the fourth poem of series of 10 poems from Ainkurunooru with reference to wild boar. These poems  by Kapilar speak of love and separation.

ஐங்குறுநூறு 264, கபிலர்குறிஞ்சித் திணை – தோழி தலைவனிடம் சொன்னது
இளம் பிறையன்ன கோட்ட கேழல்,
களங்கனியன்ன பெண்பால் புணரும்,
அயம் திகழ் சிலம்ப! கண்டிகும்,
பயந்தன மாதோ, நீ நயந்தோள் கண்ணே.

Ainkurunūru 264, Kapilar, Kurinji Thinai – What the Thalaivi’s friend said to the Thalaivan

You are from place with mountain springs,

Where pig with horns,

resembling young crescent moon,

mates with female pig,

                which has complexion dark like bush plum fruit

See for yourself,

the pale eyes of the women you love!

Poet: Kapilar

Translation : Palaniappan Vairam Sarathy

Some background:  Thaliavan would be from a different village/hill. Thalaivan and Thalaivi have met and by context of this decade looks like they have had Iyarkai Punarchi. They meet every night secretly and he stops coming.

Mating with female pig alludes to the craving of Thalaivi to marry or unite with her lover. When he doesnt return she goes into a depression.

Visual Imagery:

Horn like Crescent moon

wildboar crescent

களங்கனி :

A low- spreading spiny evergreen shrub, Carissa spinarum; களாவகை – bush plum


Female pig like the color of bush plum

boar plum


Ainkurunooru – Translation by P.Jyotimuthu

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Tamil Lexicon – University of Madras

இளம் பிறையன்ன கோட்ட கேழல்,

Young – crescent moon alike – horn – pig/boar

களங்கனியன்ன பெண்பால் புணரும்,

Dark colored fruit(Carissa spinarum) – female pig – mate

அயம் திகழ் சிலம்ப! கண்டிகும்,

Mountain spring – reside – resound – eye

பயந்தன மாதோ, நீ நயந்தோள் கண்ணே.

Pale/sallow alike – expletive – you – desired  – eyes


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