Where did it all start?
Akam poetry dates all the way back to the 1st century BC, and each poem is within the perimeter of 13 to 31 lines. Historians believe that they were means of persevering traditions and were passed down orally.
in the midst of Jain and Buddhist leaders slowly losing power, many writings took it upon themselves to pounce on their newfound freedom letting the flood gates drop for their own creativity and agendas. Akam poetry was no exception to this, and it began to include Hindu gods while at the same time casting the other two dominating faiths aside and even making them seem less appealing.
Shall I compare thee to a summers day?
While Akam Poetry has nothing to do with Shakespeare, I would assume Shakespeare and many others followed in Akam’s poetry’s footsteps regarding love and nature’s beauty. Akam poetry, in terms of romantic love, is typically cast into three different category. Time and place (mudal), natural setting (karu), and their actions (uri).
Can I get a wingman, please?
Akam poetry was the original wingman. Many of the romances or relationships in the writings were ushered along with a wingman’s help, such as a maid or another character whose central importance is predicated on them being the wingman to the two lovers. These characters also have more will to be fixable in the poems because they are not confined to another character, specifically like the two lovers are.
A Picture. Painted. Perfect.
When we look at “The Kurunthoka,” an Akam piece S. Ramachandran in their article, points out that it is better to read the poetry as a play being put on a stage performed for our eyes, a picture painted perfect, just as it was meant to be seen. The kurunthoka is also a poem riddled with metaphors that might not be easy to grasp, especially those who might try and take the poems for face value. Many of the metaphors have layers that need to be peeled back like an onion to get the work’s true meaning. Ramachandran again points out that when the poems start, it paints pictures of nature that are so beautiful that they set the entire play’s tone. Pictures filled with waterfalls, rainbows, gods, goddesses, and bright sunshine. It is important to note how much nature plays a role in the poem because when one can grasp the role it plays in the poems, they realize that it is the driving force behind all Akam poems.
No, this picture has nothing to do with Spongebob, but it conveys the same happiness level that the artwork of sponge bob aims for. I believe this is the picture that Akam poetry would paint in many readers’ heads as long as you include the mythical and romantic aspect into the picture painted on the stage.
Another comparison that I thought of that one could create a parrelle with is
The Wizzard of Oz Trees!
The reason I brought the Wizzard of Oz trees up is because Ramachandran again points out that the nature in Akam Poety are much more than just objects that set a tone or setting, they themselves play a bigger role in the grand scheme of things. The nature in Akam poety play roles much like characters in other story! He even goes as far as to point out that the nature in Akam Poetry act as narrators to the story quoted saying “The travails and fortunes of the young lovers are played out by these actors in nature.” Nature plays a major role in Akam’s poetry and for one to over look any metapohore specifaly related to nature would be directly avoiding themes, motifis, and symbols the poems were meant to convey.
Ramachandran, S. “Love And Landscapes In Sangam Poetry.” Swarajyamag, 5 Mar. 2011, swarajyamag.com/culture/love-and-landscapes-in-sangam-poetry.