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Sri Lanka: Kural

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Southeast Asian Verse

Sri Lanka or the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of India. The earliest literary influences came from Hinduism and Buddhism.

The Kural is an ancient Tamil verse form. Ancient Tamil of southern India and Sri Lanka is said to be the last "classical language", the grammar of which is very rigid. The Kural is written in only 2 lines. Found at Kaleidoscope. The elements of the Kural are:

  1. a poem in 2 lines.
  2. composed with 4 words in L1 and 3 words in L2.
  3. unmetered and unrhymed
  4. language specific and probably impossible to write in English. (But we try anyway.)

    Ancient words touch today,                                    Darkness fills my world 
    poets never die.                                                      I let go.
              ~~Judi Van Gorder                                       ~~ Gypsy Ann *ButterflyV*  from Writing.com

    Note Gypsy Ann's Kural is not titled like haiku,  which is probably how the original Kurals were written.  I couldn't find any original examples and a title isn't specified in any source I found.

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