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Letters on India (Paperback): Maria Callcott, Lady Maria Callcott
Letters on India (Paperback): Maria Callcott, Lady Maria Callcott

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Maria Callcott, Lady Maria Callcott

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: 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 ...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Maria Callcott • Lady Maria Callcott
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 84
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-85698-0
Barcode: 9780217856980
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-85698-5

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