A Hundred Measures Of Time
‘Look, my feet measure beyond earth and sky!’ he saidand touched the sky.I have surrendered to my lordwho 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.
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.
Archana Venkatesan (Translator)
Archana Venkatesan is associate professor of religious studies and comparative literature at the University of California, Davis. She has received numerous grants, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Institute of Indian Studies and Fulbright. She is the author of The Secret Garland: Antal's Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli and translator of Nammalvar's Tiruviruttam, as A Hundred Measures of Time. You can find her at archana.faculty.ucdavis.edu