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Memory of Love Surdas Sings to Krishna

ISBN-10: 0195373995
ISBN-13: 9780195373998
Edition: 2009
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Description: Surdas is unarguably the best known poet in Vrajbhasha, the most widely understood of the medieval Hindi literary dialects. He is the foremost Hindi poet of Krishna devotion and his verses are canonical in the Krishnaite tradition, which today is  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/7/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Surdas is unarguably the best known poet in Vrajbhasha, the most widely understood of the medieval Hindi literary dialects. He is the foremost Hindi poet of Krishna devotion and his verses are canonical in the Krishnaite tradition, which today is particularly vital in Western India. The verses are sung popularly throughout the Hindi-speaking regions. As with most legendary poet-singers in Indian oral tradition, Surdas's authorship has been attributed to a great many verses. In hiscase, these constitute a very large corpus of devotional lyrics to Krishna, known in Hindi as the Sur Sagar, "Sur's Ocean." In this volume, Jack Hawley offers a selection of his charming translations of the most appealing of these poems, arranged according to such themes as "Krishna growing up," "thepangs and politics of love," and "The Ramayana." Hawley's monumental annotated translation and commentary on the full corpus of lyrics attributed to Surdas, accompanied by Kenneth Bryant's edition of the complete Vrajbhasha text, will be published within the next few years in our South Asia Research series. In the meantime, this abridged edition will appeal to a wide range of scholars and students of Hinduism and Indian culture.

Acknowledgments
Transliteration
Abbreviations
Manuscripts Consulted
Introduction
Poems from Sur's Ocean
Krishna growing up
The pangs and politics of love
Krishna departs for Mathura, never to return
The bee-messenger
Lordly encounters - and others
R1m1yaaa
The poet's petition and praise
To the holy rivers
Notes
Bibliography of Works Cited
List of Poems by English Title
List of Poems by Brajbh1n1 Title

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