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VII. Teluga Region 19. The Naani

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Indian Poetry

Regional Verse



VII. Teluga poetry of southeast India dates back to 10th century and is referred to in the NPOPP as Sanskrit meters of "naked poetry", whatever that means.

  • The Naani is a stanzaic form found at Shadow Poetry and is most often an observation of human relations or current events although it can be open to any subject. Naani means "an expression of one and all". The stanza form was introduced by Dr. N. Gopi an administrator at the Teluga University.


    The defining features of the Naani are:

    • stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
    • syllabic, with a total syllable count of between 20 and 25 syllables.
    Backwards by Judi Van Gorder


    Flag, volleys, taps,

    coffin lowered into earth,

    mother buries son.

    War reverses natural order.

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