[INDOLOGY] Gita meter

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Mon Apr 17 11:15:14 UTC 2017

Hello Edwin,

     In her article "The Mahabharata's Core" (1975), Mary Carroll Smith has
argued that there was an ancient core of the Mahabharata in Triṣṭubh
verses, which was later expanded by the addition of the narrative in
Anuṣṭubh.  I am not sure how this would account for the metrical variation
in the Bhagavadgita, but there is a suggestion from this article.

Madhav Deshpande
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

On Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM, Edwin F. Bryant via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Greetings everyone,
> Is there anything written about when and why the Gita changes its meter,
> or does anyone on the list have an opinion about this?  At least in
> several instances, I can see no narrative reason for this, nor shift in
> theological content. At least in the second chapter which borrows two
> verses from the Katha, I wonder whether this occurs with verses being
> borrowed from elsewhere,  but I don't know.  Has anyone thought about this
> or can anyone point me to anything written on it?
> Thanks.  Edwin Bryant.
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