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Note on transliteration and pronunciation
The solitary stanza
The literature of devotion
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akam akaval alias ancient antdti anthology Auvaiyar bardic poetry beautiful became bhakti Bharati Bharatidasan born Brahman canto cent century characters Chola Cilappatikaram classical collection commentary composed contains contemporary devotional diction divine elephant English epic erotic eyes father garland genre girl hero heroic Hindu History of Tamil hymns important Indian Jaina Jesudasan Kali Kampan Kannaki king kovai Kuruntokai language legends lines literary Lord Madras Manimekalai married Maturai medieval metre modern Tamil mother motif Murukan Nampi narrative Pandya Paripatal Periyapuranam Pillai plays poem poet poetic popular prabandhas praise probably prose prosody published puram purdnas quatrains Rama Ravana Saiva Sanskrit says short story Siva Smile of Murugan social songs stanzas style Sundara Tamil literature Tamil novel Tamil poetry Tamil Studies Tamilnadu temple texts themes tinai Tirukkural Tolkappiyam traditional transl translation V. V. S. Aiyar Vaisnava venpa venpd verse viruttam wife woman writing Zvelebil