Kavyalankara Of Bhamaha (Sastry) (Ed. With Eng. Tr. And Notes)

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1970 - Poetics - 134 pages
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The aim of Bhamaha was to bring into existence a theoretical treatise on rhetoric as to facilitate a critical study of the subject with a view to serve as a practical handbook in the art and poetical composition. This work is not only to the advantage of the reader but also constitutes a legitimate act of homage to the first great rhetorician Bhamaha. It also includes a translation and notes of the original text.

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Page ix - Trento, living at the end of the 7th and the beginning of the 8th century, who also issued a gold coin bearing his own name, seems on every ground to be justified.
Page 50 - Bhamaha rejects the notion of poetry as mere combination of word and meaning, like "the sun has set, the moon shines, the birds are winging back to their nests
Page 1 - Composition of good poetry produces ability in (or makes one able, or capable in the pursuit of) Dharma, Artha, Kama and Mokfa; also in Arts.
Page xv - Locana, pp. 207-208).Bhamaha's predilection for a 'twist in meaning' was so great that he discards Svabhavokti as a figures , for, in it as its name implies there is no scope for any twist. This theory of Vakrokti has been developed into an elaborate system by Kuntaka in his Vakrokti jivita'.
Page xi - The present work being one on Literary Criticism did not furnish scope for the full exercise of his poetic power. This afforded him opportunity for merely composing condensed illustrations to the Figures of speech he defined. But even judged by this meagre material we must conclude that Bhamaha was a poet of very considerable merit. It has been said "the KävyädarSa" of Dandin is written in a "flowing mellifluous style.
Page 3 - Poetry is an intelligent activity no doubt, but it is more than that — "poetry, however, is to him (kavi) who has a natural capacity and that too not invariably
Page 63 - Where, with the object of showing the existence of some superiority between the Upamana and the Upameya, there is the description of a quality or action antagonistic to another quality or action, then the figure is known as Virodha.™...
Page xii - Bhämaha exhibits considerable acumen and analytical power. Thus, his discussion, as to the degree of similarity and dissimilarity between two objects before they could be employed in comparison, is full of interest, (See Par.
Page xiii - Bhamaha reach his own conclusion in many controversial matters but expresses his dissent in decisive language though the authorities he differs from, are venerable, from their accepted eminence. Thus in Par. VI vv. lOâfll he discards the idea of a "collection" apart from the objects composing it.
Page 2 - The knowledge of Sastras possessed by one who is not a poet is like the pauper's charitableness, the eunuch's dexterity in arms, and the fool's self-confidence.

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