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SEVEN POEMS WITH AN INTRODUCTION

Author(s): Yogesvara and John Cort
Source: Journal of South Asian Literature, Vol. 21, No. 2, ESSAYS ON PREMCHAND (Summer,
Fall 1986), pp. 135-141
Published by: Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University
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And therefore otherness. termed aptly by Hank Heifetz as "Indologese. is also valid. But. "Language creates identity. presented as a single oeuvre.e. As a result. that "one is always translating only for one's contemporaries. "great poems. Ingalls..) A second "agenda" contained in this translation project is to attempt to "bring over" Sanskrit poetry into contemporaryAmericanEnglish poetic idiom. This is accentuated by the impersonality of Sanskrit. At every possible socio-linguistic level. each of us. He lived no later than the ninth century C. intellectual understanding. in this case Indian."6 Nor should translation be done for people fifty years past."3 As the translator Stephan Fredmanhas put it.Yogesvara SEVENPOEMSWITHAN INTRODUCTION Translatedfromthe Sanskrit by JohnCort Yogesvara was a Sanskrit poet who was active in the court of the Pala dynasty in Eastern India. For discussions of Yogesvaraand his poetry.120 on Fri. by our eyery linguistic choice. poetry can be taken as "essential autobiography.135 - This content downloaded from 129. history." Most short Sanskrit poems ( subhãsitas . Lai. and ideology to a non-western. But they do not aim at Americanpoetry such as poets of the 1980s write and speak. new (The reverse process. if nothing else. and yery little sense of the character of the individual poets. H. I feel. necessary."5 or at best aim at the poetry of thirty to sixty years ago. literature. insights may and can arise. Manytranslators actually aim at a pseudo-poetry. long poems) are found in anthologies dating from roughly the eleventh century onwards. the character of that poet might then emerge fromthe work. Notes 1. Nothing else is really knownabout himj The following poem? are from an on-going work." in distinction to mahãkãvyas. To appropriate a tern coined by the poet Robert Duncan in another context. but rather by the subject matter of the poems. we will at least gain a different perspective on Sanskrit and Indian poetry as a whole." By applying concepts fromwestern literary theory. if all the scattered poems of a single author are pulled together into a a single text. and also by the rigid rules of Sanskrit poetics. While presumablymost translators from Sanskrit into American are conversant with the "source" language-Sanskrit poetry and poetics-painfully few have more than the vaguest notion of the "target" language. as are most modernanthologies. features somewhatrare in Sanskrit and other premodernIndian literature. I take seriously the commentby the poet/translator/critic P. in fact." i. "A Sanskrit Poetryof Village and Field: Yogeávaraand his Fellow .7.125. Creative writing may be done for a hundredyears hence. see the following: Daniel H.E. He is best knownfor his realistic depictions of nature and peasant life. to compile a translated "Complete Poems of Yogesvara. a father-tongue to all classical poets composingin it.2 These anthologies are organized not by author. not translation. and. is in the act of creating an identity that separates us from others. "wellspokens. of course. we get a strong sense of certain themes running through the body of poetry. 22 May 2015 17:03:27 UTC All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions .

H.136 - This content downloaded from 129. 74 (1954).D.A Descripveshvaranand tive Catalogueof Poets quotedin SanskritAnthologiesand Inscriptions .Yishveshvaranand Vedic ResearchInstitute. 352. Yol. An of SanskritCourtPoetry HarvardOriental Series No.D. LudwigSternbach. 44 (Cambridge. ography 4." Journalof the American TheAdyarLibrary H. Suresh ChandraBanerii (Calcutta: FirmaK. Sridharadasa. 64.. ed. 53." in Brahmavidya: Bulletin.MA:Harvard UniversityPress.Y. "Yoqeávaraand his FavouritePoets. ed. Yogesvara's poemsare foundin the followinganthologies. II (Wiesbaden:Otto Harrassowitz. diss. 1983). Gokhale.7. Anthology MA: HarvardUniversityPress. 2."Yidyakara." unpublishedPh.HarvardOriental Series No. Lai.D. Gokhale. herein SUK. D. V.MI: SumacPress.The Truthand Life of MythAnEssay in Essential Autobi(Fremont."Introduction.. 42 (Cambridge.Saduktikarnamrta9 ed.Y. Stephan Fredman. D. p.68). Sûktimuktavalï . TheMahabharata of Vyasa(NewDelhi: Yikas. 1974).' 42 (Cambridge. pp. See HenrySaul Heifetz. Maha-subhasitaIndological Series No. 3. Kosambiand V. herein SM. L.The Subhasitaratnakosa . 6. . 5. See RobertDuncan.Prasannasahityaratnakara . 275-278. Berkeley. P. Jalhana. 20. pp. 119-131. Universityof California. of Subhasitaratnakosa . Gaekwad'sOriental Series No. Nandana. the first two containingthe vast bulk of his extant poems:Yidyakara." Translations: Experiments in Reading/a ( O.1983. RaghavanFelicitation Volume)(1967.Oriental Society. herein SRK. . MA:HarvardUniversityPress. Ingalls.The Subhasitaratnakosa ed. LudwigSternbach."Not Understanding.P. Poets. Daniel H. Daniel H. p. Ingalls. D.120 on Fri. Mukhopadhyay.ed. 1980). 1938). appendedto Kosambiand Gokhale1 s ed. 31-32 (Dr. Kosambiand Y.ARS3. 1957). I (Hoshiarpur:Vishsamgraha. Kosambi.1980). 22 May 2015 17:03:27 UTC All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions . 185-201. 82 (Baroda: Oriental Institute. tr.125. Yol. 1973). EmbarKrishnamacharya.HarvardOriental Series No. "Issues of Literary Translation fromSanskrit and Tamil. 1957). xcii-xciii. 1965). 1965).

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