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A History of Indian Literature A History of Classical by Siegfried Lienhard

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It cannot be denied that this conscientious, somewhat hide-bound attitude of authors to their work had a conservative effect and is therefore partly responsible for the great unity uniformity even - of classical poetry. We observe time and again that the differences between one poet and another as far as their manner of writing is concerned are not 8~ One of the best examples is the Bauls of Bengal. See p. 14 f. ' in essentials. seldom contravene either the themes or the fonus sanctioned but are clearly a matter of detail.

97 See p. 23. 98 Skt. saptacchada, Alstonia scholaris. 99 Skt. hemanta. 100 Skt. sisira. 101 Skt. kunda. 34 S. Lienhard . A History of Classical Poetry swelling out like sandbanks in a river or a sea, and thighs which invite bold comparisons with the trunk of an elephant or a banana tree. While their shy and restless eyes remind one of gazelles, their bowed carriage I 02 and languid gait resemble geese. Kings and heroes, on the other hand, walk like bulls, have shoulders as broad as a lion's and long arms that reach down to their knees.

117 SOHONI, and 41 referred to in Sanskrit texts as the the "connoisseur of sentiment''' or sat, . /\5 the last of these a learned man. theorists the '''breadth of his .... ' ....... \vhen the sentiment came to be as central to poetry, then the connoisseur expert on sentiment whose main interest v/as focused on the degree of SeTIltH'1nerlt achieved at any time. He transcended the didactic elements in the from the rasa it contained. , .. " passed authoritative judgement on errors, both sense such as metre or incorrectly used figures, and on Poets al,",'ays had to keep the scholar-critic in mind which explains ""hy the forevlord or epilogue of a major often the that it would meet with their approvaL Kavis sometimes even \vent so far as to admit quite openly, like BhaHi, the author of the famous that their \vark ",ras addressed to the intelligent and highly to the connoisseur.

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