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I. The Vedas: Brhati

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Indian Poetry

The Vedas, an overview.

Brhati ("that which grows" or "life's breath", God of Words) is an ancient Vedic stanzaic form. Brhati is named as one of the seven horses pulling the chariot of the sun.

In verse the Brhati is

  1. stanzaic, 36 syllables written in any number of 4 line stanzas.
  2. syllabic, 9 syllables each.
  3. metric, the metric pattern of the line requires 2 heavy syllables. In English break the cadence with caesura and attempt to include a couple of long or heavy vowel syllables near the end of the line. ("heavy" is a dipthong, a hard vowel sound or a vowel followed by a combination of consonants)

    Too Many Years by Judi Van Gorder

    Sucking one more breath into scarred lungs,
    the once vibrant man suffers a life
    no longer desired. His passion
    and independence reclaimed by time.

    Other Vedas

II. Sanskrit Verse

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