Walking on a tight rope!- Kurunthokai 7


Every time I come across the visual imagery of the Sangam poems , I am awestruck by the brilliance of the poet. They are able connect the nature and the acts in the day to day life, which we can never think of. The beauty of all these imagery (other than being such delightfully) are situational. Imagery used in each poem has some connection to the mood of the poem.

The poem I am about to discuss has a beautiful visual imagery and also throws light into the custom of the Ancient Tamils.

Multi Layer poem- She troubles me – Kurunthokai 119


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Come fast! before my brothers! – Kurunthokai 123


Situation: The Thalaivan and Thalaivi have fallen in love. The have secret tryst with the help of the Thalaivi’s friend (panki). Since this is a neythal poem , it has sea side settings. So the lovers decide to meet in the beaches near the punnai grooves. The Thalaivan comes to the place early and decides to hide in the grooves and watch the reaction of the Thalaivi. Thalaivi has seen thalaivan hiding and utters this poem to panki in a loud voice so that Thalaivan can here it.

Madness of love Kuruntokai 136


136. குறிஞ்சி – தலைவன் கூற்று  காமங் காமம் என்ப காமம்  அணங்கும் பிணியும் அன்றே நுணங்கிக்  கடுத்தலுந் தணிதலும் இன்றே யானை  குளகுமென் றாள்மதம் போலப்  … More

The Tamil concept of Love, Love Making and Divinity


The love poems of Sangam have made inroads into religion. The two best examples one can give is that of Kambaramayanam and Kanthapuranam. The Murugan- Valli love episode of Kasiappasivachariyar’s Kanthapuranam is straight lift from a few Sangam love themes(it would take me a separate blog to point this out to the readers..hope I do a blog on this topic soon!). In this essay I would like to go into Theme of Love making in Sangam literature and its parallel in Religious poetry and philosophy.

Love making and Religion …parallels? is it possible? well you have to read through this essay,

Tamil wordlist 8 – Flowers – Part 2


11. செந்தும்பை cen-tumpai : (page 1589) மும் செந்நிறமும் உடைய கடல்மீன்வகை. செந்தும்பை cen-tumpai, n. < id. +. A species of spiderflower, shrub, Osbeckia zeylanica; தும்பைவகை. … More

Tamil word list 7 – Flowers with Pictures


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