steiner at staff.uni-marburg.de
Sun Sep 27 15:36:52 UTC 2015
> (1) further texts composed in *krauñcapadā*?
The Krauñcapadā is not to be found at least among the 128 metres
listed in H.D. Velankar's paper "The Prosodical Practice of Sanskrit
Poets" (in: The Journal of the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic
Society, vol. 24/25, 1948/49, pp. 49-92) in which the author has
"attempted to analyse and ascertain the actual metrical practice of
some 28 Mahākavis [...] in Sanskrit literature from the ancient and
medieval periods" (p. 49), including Aśvaghoṣa (Buddhacarita and
[According to Velankar's assessment, "out of the 600 Varṇa Vṛtta Sama
Catuṣpadīs [described in ten old treatises on Sanskrit metres] only
about a hundred were in actual use of the poets. Out of this hundred
again, only about 25 were employed with frequency, while the rest were
used only for a change and ornamentation" (p. 51).]
> (2) meters in which there are caesurae — positions in the pāda where
> the poets require or prefer to locate a word- or compound boundary —
> that the metrical treatises do not recognize as *yatayaḥ*?
In certain variant forms (vipulā) of the Anuṣṭubh metre ("Śloka") a
caesura is required (e.g. after the fifth syllable in an uneven
quarter of the following structure: x - v - - | - - x) which is not
prescribed or described in metrical treatises (to the best of my
knowledge) although it is regularly observed in Sanskrit texts.
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