A Poem at the Right Moment: Remembered Verses from Premodern by Velcheru Narayana Rao, David Shulman

By Velcheru Narayana Rao, David Shulman

A Poem on the correct Moment collects, and preserves, poems--called catus--that have circulated orally for hundreds of years in South India. The poems are awesome for his or her wit and precision, their lyrical perception at the standard, their fascination with sensual event, and their exploration of the relationship among language and hope. Taken jointly the catus supply a penetrating severe imaginative and prescient and an figuring out of the classical traditions of Telugu, Tamil, and Sanskrit.
each one poem is gifted in a latest English translation in addition to the Indian-language unique. An creation and a concluding essay discover intimately the tales and texts that include the catu method.

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In this capacity, he orchestrated public entertainment, and evidence shows that he collaborated with painters and sculptors, not to mention set designers, for the most splendid of events, the royal entry of Charles IX and his queen, Elizabeth of Austria, into Paris in 1571. The peace of Saint-Germain had recently inaugurated a period of calm in the clashes between Catholics and Protestants; moreover, Charles’s marriage to the granddaughter of the Emperor Charles V, longtime rival of François I, promised a new age of harmony in the political sphere.

Ronsard prepared the royal entry and enlisted Jean Dorat to help him, assuring that its iconography would be a concert of music, dance, scenery, and pageantry. When the royal couple marched through the triumphal arches in high ceremony, they stepped to the beat of a genealogy rooted in Francus, the mythical founder of the French nation, whose statue stood aloft the arches at the entrance to the city at Saint-Denis. The monarchy, with the help of Ronsard’s poem, traced its lineage to the son of Hector of Troy, the hero whose birth was cast as an epic of the French nation.

Mais d’avoir honneste entretien, Ou mener vie salutaire, C’est à faire à ung bon Chrestien. * Pour mettre (comme ung homme habile) Le bien d’aultruy avec le sien, Et vous laissez sans croix, ne pile, Frere Lubin le fera bien. On a beau dire, je le tien, Et le presser de satisfaire, *The ballade, of which this is an excellent example, obeys a regular disposition of rhyme: three stanzas of eight lines each, followed by an envoi, or quatrain. The distinguishing characteristic of the ballade is its refrain, which is repeated after each stanza.

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