Poetic Antigravity

Jesse Ross Knutson

in Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court Poetry

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2014 | ISBN: 9780520282056
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780520957794 | DOI:
Poetic Antigravity

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Poetry at the Sena court was both similar to and different from—and both continuous and discontinuous with—earlier modes of literary practice. Govardhana—perhaps more than any other poet of this salon—displays discontinuity in the greatest relief and also crafts a new metapoetic frame for it. The chapter details the relationship between the consolidation of literary registers and the poem's realist potentials. Through a study of the poem's realist vignettes, this chapter summarizes the value judgments that were inseparable from the āryaāsaptasśatiī 's novel poetic. The vignettes span several different spheres of social life: thick description of the aristocratic household, contradictions between country and city, and the ways of wealth and social privilege. Finally, the chapter looks at how realistically the poet comments on himself: Govardhana's evocative metapoetric discourses on the makings of a new literary sensibility.

Keywords: Govardhana; āryaāsaptasśatiī; aristocratic; household; country; city; metapoetic; vulgarity; obscenity; self commentary

Chapter.  9610 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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