By Daniel H. H. Ingalls Sr., Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, M. V. Patwardhan
For almost one thousand years the intense research of aesthetic event set forth within the Locana of Abhinavagupta, India's founding literary critic, has ruled conventional Indian thought on poetics and aesthetics. The Locana, provided right here in English translation for the 1st time, is a remark at the ninth-century Dhvanyaloka of Anandavardhana, that is itself the pivotal paintings within the heritage of Indian poetics.
The Dhvanyaloka revolutionized Sanskrit literary concept via offering that the most target of excellent poetry is the evocation of a temper or "flavor" (rasa) and that this strategy may be defined merely via spotting a semantic strength past denotation and metaphor, particularly, the facility of recommendation. at the foundation of this research the Locana develops a concept of the psychology of aesthetic response.
This variation is the 1st to make the 2 such a lot influential works of conventional Sanskrit literary and aesthetic concept totally available to readers who need to know extra approximately Sanskrit literature. The editorial annotations provide the main entire exposition to be had of the background and content material of those works. furthermore, the verses awarded as examples by means of either authors (offered right here in verse translation) shape an anthology of a few of the best Sanskrit and Prakrit poetry.