flowers: interest in small or only in large?

rajam rajam at EARTHLINK.NET
Tue Mar 23 20:02:52 UTC 2010

Not being a "botanist" and not knowing the "technical aspects" of  
"herbaceous," I'd like to mention that in Tamil literature all kinds  
of plants/flowers, small or big, large trees, shrubs, and vines--that  
grow in the ground, fields, on the shore, in the water (dirty or  
clear), in arid land, mountain slope--are mentioned and admired for  
their beauty or for certain innate quality that helps the poet to  
convey specific ideas, I guess. And, none of the early poems is pre- 
occupied with any of the plant's medicinal quality.

V.S. Rajam

On Mar 23, 2010, at 12:14 PM, Allen W Thrasher wrote:

> Do people share my feeling that Indian literature is little  
> interested in the beauty of small herbaceous flowering plants, but  
> only in large trees, shrubs, and vines?  Any difference in this  
> between Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Tamil literatures?  Any changes  
> under Islamic or British influence?
> Medical interest is of course another thing.
> Allen
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