Akam (poetry)

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Akam (Tamilஅகம், akam ?) is one of two genres of Classical Tamil poetry which concerns with the subject of love, the other (Tamilபுறம், puṟam ?) concerns the subject of war. It can also be translated as eroticism and heroism. It is further subdivided into the five thinai. The type of love was divided into seven ranging from unrequited love to mismatched love.

Landscape தினை Concept
kuṟiñci குறிஞ்சி Sexual union
Mullai முல்லை Yearning
marutam மருதம் Sulking
neital நெய்தல் Pining
pālai பாலை Separation

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Further reading[edit]

  • Ilakkuvanar, S. (1963), Tolkappiyam in English with Critical Studies, Madurai: Kural Neri Publishing 
  • Zvelebil, Kamil (1973b), The Smile of Murugan: On Tamil Literature of South India, Leiden: E.J. Brill, ISBN 90-04-03591-5 
  • Zvelebil, Kamil (1974), Tamil literature, Volume 10, Part 1, Leiden: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, ISBN 978-3-447-01582-0