[INDOLOGY] Does anyone know of Sanskrit works that use 2nd-syllable rhyming?

Jean-Luc Chevillard jean-luc.chevillard at univ-paris-diderot.fr
Tue Jul 28 07:35:31 UTC 2015

Dear Palaniappan,

Maybe Indira Peterson is referring to what is most frequently seen.

Metrical treatises codify (and name) many theoretical possibilities
but many of those "possibilities" are extremely rare (and found only as 
examples inside treatises), which is why, when writing about Tamil meter
in a series of article, I have tried to make statistics.

-- Jean-Luc Chevillard (about to fly from Paris to India)




On 28/07/2015 09:13, Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan via INDOLOGY wrote:
> On p. 188 of the earlier referenced article, Indira Peterson says, “In
> Dravidian vernacular poetic texts, initial rhyme occurs at the beginning
> of and within the line of poetry, while second-consonant or -syllable
> rhyme is placed only at the beginning of the line of poetry, i.e., yati
> is a line-internal rhyme pattern, while prāsa is line-external.” This is
> not correct as far as Tamil is concerned. The second syllable rhyme can
> also occur within a line in different patterns. Assuming there are are
> four feet in a line, the second-syllable rhyming can occur in different
> patterns such as between feet 1 and 2; 1 and 3; 1 and 4; 1, 2, and 3; 1,
> 3, and 4; 1, 2, and 4; and 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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