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Hindostan, and on its caverned mountains, the same divinities have
been adored, for the same feelings and passions have filled the
hearts of their votaries. LETTER III. DEAR SIR, Since the Bramins
were almost exclusively the lettered men of India, it will not
appear extraordinary that the literature of that country should be
so intimately blended with its religion, that it seems impossible
to separate them: however, I shall put off to another time the
history of the Vedas, or four sacred books of the Hindoos, 'and
content myself at present with profaner poems. But, before I
proceed, I must say one word of the Sanscrit prosody, which is said
to be richer in variations of metre than any other known language.
Sanscrit and Pracrit poetry is regulated by the number, length, and
disposition of syllables, and is disposed into several classes,
each of which is again subdivided. Some of the metres admit any
number of syllables, from twenty- seven to nine hundred and
ninety-nine; and others are equally remarkable for their brevity:
but the most common Sanscrit metre, is the stanza of four verses,
containing eight syllables each. Sanscrit poetry admits both of
rhyme and blank verse, and is in some instances subject to very
rigid rules, although, in others, there is scarcely any restraint.
The rules of prosody are contained in brief aphorisms, called
Sutras, the reputed author of which is Pingalana, a fabulous being,
in the shape of a serpent, and who, under the name of Patanjali, is
the author of the Maha Bhashya, or great commentary on grammar. The
Sutras hare been commented on by a great variety .of authors; and
there are also some other original treatises on the subject, the
most remarkable of which, is that by the poet Calidasa, who teaches
the laws of versification ...
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