Erotic Love Poems from India: A Translation of the Amarushataka

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Shambhala Publications, 2004 - Poetry - 118 pages
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"A single stanza of the poet Amaru," declared a ninth-century poetry critic, "may provide the taste of love equal to what's found in whole volumes." Graceful and yet remarkably playful, intensely passionate, and at times hinting of divine transcendence, the poems translated here offer poignant glimpses into the many faces of erotic love. This collection, known in Sanskrit as theAmarushataka("One Hundred Poems of Amaru"), was compiled in the eighth century and remains to this day one of India's finest collections of love poetry. It has never been fully translated into English poetry before. Legend connects the poetry's authorship to King Amaru of Kashmir, while present-day scholars generally consider it an anthology of the verses of many poets.

Poet and translator Andrew Schelling's artful translations render the ancient verses with freshness and immediacy. Schelling's compelling introduction and afterword offer musings on the colorful background and history of the original Sanskrit text.

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User Review  - Stacy - Goodreads

mostly about cheating / broken heart - i was expecting more. Read full review

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User Review  - Beckie - Goodreads

some hott poems and some weird ones about crying and suicide. Confusing and enjoying i'm worried some of the beuty got lost in the translation. Read full review

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Andrew Schelling is a poet, essayist, and translator of the poetry of India. He has taught at Naropa University for twenty years and from 1993-96 served as chair of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics founded by Alan Ginsburg and Anne Waldman. His publications include "Tea Shack" Interior and "The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry". He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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