Speaking of Siva

Speaking of Siva

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'To the utterly at-one with Siva there's no dawn.'

Meditative, deeply personal poems to the god Siva, from four major Hindu saints.

Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.

Mahadeviyakka (10th century), Basavanna, Devara Dasimayya and Allama Prabhu (12th century).

Title:Speaking of Siva
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780141398792
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    Speaking of Siva Reviews

  • Sean Barrs

    I like some of the poems in here but after a while the edition grew very stale. It’s devotional to a fault. I don’t mind religious allegory in poems, far from it, but too much of it and even I gro...

  • Jibran

    A pilgrim who's not one with you,Ramanatha,roams the worldlike a circus man.(Devara Dasimayya)It is hard to make a judgement on poetry when language is very simple and the idiom highly symbolic, and w...

  • Michelle Curie

    This was one of those Little Black Classics where at least the tiniest amount of background information would have been of immense help. Instead, you have to do the research on your own. Speaking of ...

  • Atri

    The richwill make temples for Siva.What shall I,a poor man,do?My legs are pillars,the body the shrine, the head a cupolaof gold.Listen, O Lord of the meeting rivers,things standing shall fall,but the ...

  • JK

    These are small devotional poems written by four saints, dedicated to the god Siva. I didn’t find this out from Penguin; I had to do some digging on my own to help me better understand the verses Pe...

  • Marjolein (UrlPhantomhive)

    I am sure that a lot was lost here in translation, and on top of that the poetry was very religious in theme. This is something I never really like in the first place, but it also became slightly bori...

  • Peter

    THE PENULTIMATE EDITION OF THE LITTLE BLACK CLASSICSOne more to go before the original 80 are done and dusted. Now this one is a bit of a stinker...I really wanted to like this, but it doesn't work, t...

  • Kirtida Gautam

    Look here, dear fellow; I wear these men's clothesonly for you. Sometimes I am man, Sometimes I am woman. O lord of the meeting riversI'll make wars for youbut I'll be your devotees's bride. #When I r...

  • Amirtha Shri

    'Four medieval Hindu saints approach sex and death through riddle and enigma in this mystical, devotional poetry.'BasavannaBasava, a Kanna Brahmin shaivite, is a 12th-century philosopher. In this piec...

  • Joey Woolfardis

    I'm sure the original language version is much better, but since I will never know, I'll have to go by this dross. People who write sentences and then break them up in to lines and call it poetry are ...