By Velcheru Narayana Rao, David Shulman
A Poem on the correct Moment collects, and preserves, poems--called catus--that have circulated orally for hundreds of years in South India. The poems are amazing for his or her wit and precision, their lyrical perception at the usual, their fascination with sensual event, and their exploration of the relationship among language and wish. Taken jointly the catus supply a penetrating severe imaginative and prescient and an knowing of the classical traditions of Telugu, Tamil, and Sanskrit.
each one poem is gifted in a modern English translation in addition to the Indian-language unique. An advent and a concluding essay discover intimately the tales and texts that include the catu approach.
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The final example of imperfect rhyme is sometimes called 'reverse rhyme' since it is the initial consonant cluster and the vowel which are similar; the final consonant differs. Although all types of rhyme can occur either at line ends or within the line, reverse rhyme tends 50 THE LANGUAGE OF TWENTIETH·CENTURY POETRY to occur more frequently within the line, making an effect similar to, but possibly more prominent than alliteration, as in this line from Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen: His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin.
Haal me teet out So me na go bite. Put chain rung me neck. Lash me foot tight. Set yu daag fo gyaad Maan til nite - ... The freedom to use a familiar variety of English is most important to groups who have been politically oppressed and who often view language as one of the tools of oppression. We have already seen that the women's movement has produced poetry which experiments with language, but of course there is no one dialect common to women since they also belong to other speech communities, such as Yorkshire, the West Indies, New York or Ireland.
The eighteenth century (and to some extent also the nineteenth century) saw the greatest conscious attempts to regularise the language and slow down its rate of change. This was the period of prescriptive grammar books and the creation of Samuel Johnson's English dictionary in 1755. It is clear from the history of Standard English that although it is just another variety of English, equivalent in linguistic terms to any other dialect, it has the status and power associated with the higher classes of British society.
A Poem at the Right Moment: Remembered Verses from Premodern South India (Voices from Asia) by Velcheru Narayana Rao, David Shulman