Love Stands Alone: Selections from Tamil Sangam Poetry


  • Kindle Edition
  • 256 pages
  • Love Stands Alone: Selections from Tamil Sangam Poetry
  • A.R. Venkatachalapathy
  • English
  • 13 October 2019

10 thoughts on “Love Stands Alone: Selections from Tamil Sangam Poetry

  1. says:

    I enjoyed this book, which is a present from a dear friend I gave it 4 stars.Incidentally I find it strange that Goodreads acknowledges the person who wrote the introduction as the author, rather than the person who did the translations I wonder if this is normal I think that M.L Thangappa also needs to be included in the Goodreads information about the book.I found the 50 page introduction very interesting, especially the part about the use of writing materials, and also about Tamil and San I enjoyed this book, which is a present from a dear friend I gave it 4 stars.Incidentally I find it strange that Goodreads acknowledges the person who wrote the introduction as the author, rather than the person who did the translations I wonder if this is normal I think that M.L Thangappa also needs to be included in the Goodreads information about the book.I found the 50 page introduction very interesting, especially the part about the use of writing materials, and also about Tamil and Sanskrit.The poems are divided into two main categories, Akam poems which are about the inner life and Puram poems which are about the outer life In Akam poems no one is mentioned by name, and they are set in a specific context The thematic content is matched with the physical setting Many of them are about women..My favourite of the Akam poems are Rain soaked water lily Kurunthokai 117 Love stands alone Kurunthokai 174 the title poemThe antelopes Akananuru 135 my favourite poem of allThe cruellest hour Kalithokai 119 My favourite of the Puram poems are Your land, O king Purananuru 5 When the moon was full Purananuru 112


  2. says:

    An excellent entry point into Sri Lankan poetry from the classical period These poems read like modern poetry, despite their age Highly recommended.


  3. says:

    This is my first proper reading of any sangam poetry, albeit translated, and it is a wide ranging collection The comprehensive introduction, setting the context and explaining the structure of the tradition with clarity, was immensely helpful, given that I knew nothing about it The translations are mellifluous and I have many favourites, one of which is borrowed in the title of the book, Love stands alone I found the akamenjoyable than the puram category of poems, but there are gems i This is my first proper reading of any sangam poetry, albeit translated, and it is a wide ranging collection The comprehensive introduction, setting the context and explaining the structure of the tradition with clarity, was immensely helpful, given that I knew nothing about it The translations are mellifluous and I have many favourites, one of which is borrowed in the title of the book, Love stands alone I found the akamenjoyable than the puram category of poems, but there are gems in both Most works are filled with symbolism, often inspired from the natural world the classification of the poems itself based on seasons that represent emotions and landscapes that describe human intricacies This book has been a wonderful introduction to sangam literature and I am excited to read


  4. says:

    Must read


  5. says:

    each and every word of the poems in the book reflects our own life this book would help us to admire life and nature.


  6. says:

    Gorgeous poems Loved it


  7. says:

    Good book to read and a treasure of tamil classical literature.this is a.very good book in English translation


  8. says:

    Terrific and yet heartwarming, Love Stands Alone is a collection of translations of truly amoral poems from the sangam era Poetic license supercedes taboos and one must truly surrender to the magnanimity in perspectives to appreciate the nuances of such beautiful poetry Such sweetness, So much pain, so rhythamically conveyed Dying to read the native text now.


  9. says:

    i love this book


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Love Stands Alone: Selections from Tamil Sangam Poetry The breathtaking poems in Love Stands Alone speak to us across time, space, language and culture The interior, akam, and the exterior, puram, form their two overarching themes The akam poems are concerned with love in all its varied situations clandestine and illicit conjugal happiness and infidelity separation and union The puram poems encompass all other aspects of worldly life wars and battlefields, the munificence of kings and chieftains, and the wisdom of bardsWith a comprehensive introduction by AR Venkatachalapathy, ML Thangappa s translations delight the senses and bring alive a world long past


About the Author: A.R. Venkatachalapathy

A.R Venkatachalapathy, a professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, has held the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Chair of Indian Studies at the National University of Singapore He is published widely, both in English and Tamil, on the social, cultural and intellectual history of colonial Tamil Nadu.