signature verses

Stella Sandahl ssandahl at SYMPATICO.CA
Tue Feb 24 15:09:53 UTC 2009

Dear Jonathan,
It is common practice for  poet to insert his own name in his poem,  
usually in the last stanza in medieval North Indian poetry. This is  
called a bhaNita. Jayadeva's GItagovinda has it in practically all  
the 24 songs, and elsewhere in the poem too. I have referred to this  
in my book Le GItagovinda. Tradition et innovation dans le kAvya,  
Almquist & Wiksell, Stockholm 1977, pp. 128-129 and under Jayadeva in  
the Index Verborum.
Of course, Jayadeva was not a Buddhist, mais encore...
Best regards
Professor Stella Sandahl
Department of East Asian Studies
130 St. George St. room 14087
Toronto, ON M5S 3H1
ssandahl at
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On 24-Feb-09, at 9:26 AM, Jonathan Silk wrote:

> I seem to recall having read somewhere something about the ways in  
> which
> poets encode their names in verses. In particular, I am interested  
> in the
> case of Buddhist authors "signing" their works in, typically, a  
> closing
> verse. (I think I recall an example from Candrakīrti....?) I'm  
> pretty sure
> I've read something about this, but can't for the life of me  
> remember more
> than that...
> thanks in advance for the help!  jonathan
> -- 
> J. Silk
> Instituut Kern / Universiteit Leiden
> Postbus 9515
> 2300 RA Leiden
> Netherlands

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