[INDOLOGY] Metrical inconsistencies and tradition

victor davella vbd203 at googlemail.com
Mon Mar 30 10:11:31 EDT 2020


I must also mention Gary Tubb's article on Bāṇa, where some metrical
problems are discussed, "The Boldness of Bāṇa" in the "Kāvya Book", pp.
308--354.

All the Best,
Victor

Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> schrieb am Mo., 30.
März 2020, 00:27:

> Dear list members,
>
> Victor Davella wrote:
>
> . . .according to the standards as reported in sources spanning some 1600 years
> and very much still current today, it is absolutely necessary to adhere to
> grammatically correct Sanskrit and the rules of meter  . . .
>
> It also seems that earlier there wasn't so much a concern.
> Of the 12 Gayatri mantras at  Maitrāyaṇī-Saṃhitā  2-9-1, three of those
> gayatri mantras have extra syllables.
>
> And see this post of Madhav's
> http://list.indology.info/pipermail/indology_list.indology.info/2015-
> January/040590.html  which concludes:  the Brāhmaṇa texts were not
> bothered by deviations of meters up to two syllables".
>
> Why the change in attitude towards meter?
>
> Harry Spier
>
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> and see this
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