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Tamil - Kural

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The Kural is one of the most important forms of traditional Tamil poetry. It is a very short poetic form, exactly in 2 lines, the first line consisting of 4 words and the second line consisting of 3 words. It should also conform to the grammar for Venpa. Thirukkural, one of the greatest philosophical works in Tamil language by Thiruvalluvar, is a typical example.

Here is a simple outline:

The world's existence is sustained by kindliness.
The very existence of those bereft of it burdens the earth

The grammar is definate with the meter in prosody. Contemporary Kurals are hard find, as the grammar is perceived to be very rigid.


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