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By Daniel H. H. Ingalls Sr.

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The reader may feel that he has dived from a high springboard into a calm, cool pool. I shall now leave the techniques of Sanskrit poetry to >consider a matter which has arisen intermittently throughout the preceding description. I refer to the impersonality of Sanskrit verse, to its lack of reference to specific individuals. It is strange that the standard accounts of Sanskrit literature have so little to say of the matter, for it is here even more than in techniques that Sanskrit poetry proves alien to the prevailing spirit of Western and especially of English verse.

Here it has been possible to check him, as in the case of surviving works, he proves to be right more than nine times out of ten. Secondly, we have the results of the patient labor of D. D. Kosambi and V. V. Gokhale, the editors of Vidyakara's text. 22 By indexing the verses of all available Sanskrit anthologies as well as whatever survives of literature from which it seemed possible that Vidyakara might have drawn, they have been able to supply testimonia for perhaps a half of what Vidyakara has left unascribed.

The poet chooses thus to suggest his situation rather than describe it outright. A bald description would be personal and so would be in bad taste. Hints are commonly used in the theater to set the stage for matter to come. All entrances of characters are theatrically prepared iu this way. Similarly, a play's opening stanza of benediction often hints at the nature of the work to follow. When skillfully drawn the hints of the benediction may suggest notions of great depth and beauty (see Intr. 4, par.

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