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A Hundred Measures Of Time

A Hundred Measures Of Time

Tiruviruttam

Nammalvar
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‘Look, my feet measure beyond earth and sky!’ he said
and touched the sky.
I have surrendered to my lord
who glanced at me with his large radiant eyes.

The Tiruviruttam is an iconic poem by Namma?var (c. ninth century CE), the greatest of the a?var poet-saints of the Tamil Srivai??ava tradition. Its hundred interlinked verses celebrate the love between an anonymous heroine and hero, who come to be identified with Namma?var and his beloved deity, Vi??u. The poet masterfully weaves the erotic and esoteric to reveal both the contours of love and the never-ending cycles of separation and union, of birth and death, from which only Vi??u can offer release.
In A Hundred Measures of Time, Archana Venkatesan has crafted a sonorous free-verse rendering and an accompanying far-ranging essay to delight poetry lovers and scholars alike.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: May/2014

ISBN: 9780143066378

Length : 272 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

A Hundred Measures Of Time

Tiruviruttam

Nammalvar

‘Look, my feet measure beyond earth and sky!’ he said
and touched the sky.
I have surrendered to my lord
who glanced at me with his large radiant eyes.

The Tiruviruttam is an iconic poem by Namma?var (c. ninth century CE), the greatest of the a?var poet-saints of the Tamil Srivai??ava tradition. Its hundred interlinked verses celebrate the love between an anonymous heroine and hero, who come to be identified with Namma?var and his beloved deity, Vi??u. The poet masterfully weaves the erotic and esoteric to reveal both the contours of love and the never-ending cycles of separation and union, of birth and death, from which only Vi??u can offer release.
In A Hundred Measures of Time, Archana Venkatesan has crafted a sonorous free-verse rendering and an accompanying far-ranging essay to delight poetry lovers and scholars alike.

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Nammalvar

Nammalvar was a ninth-century mystic poet, a Vishnu devotee, who descended from a long line of Vaishnavas. He is considered the greatest of the alvar poet-saints of the Tamil Srivaisnava tradition.

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