Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Ainkurunooru – 173

He who’s afflicted by braided tresses
that smell of Thondi’s scented flowers,
can’t sleep peacefully even at night,
as if suffering from snake bite.

இரவினானும் இன் துயில் அறியாது
அரவு உறு துயரம் எய்துப தொண்டித்
தண் நறு நெய்தல் நாறும்
பின் இருங் கூந்தல் அணங்குற்றோரே.

Poem 173 from Ainkurunooru. His friend bemoans him as he goes to see her at night. Her black braided hair is like a snake that has bit him. Thondi was the prosperous coastal town of Pandiya Kingdom.

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