Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Ainkurunooru – 415

This, my girl, is the time when we loved;
That, my  girl is the forest where we loved;
Blissful is youth, when spent
merrily in the arms of one’s lover.

இதுவே, மடந்தை! நாம் மேவிய பொழுதே;
உதுவே, மடந்தை! நாம் உள்ளிய புறவே;
இனிது உடன் கழிக்கின், இளமை
இனிதால் அம்ம, இனியவர்ப் புணர்வே!

Poem 415 from Ainkurunooru. This is a Mullai Thinai  (forest & pastoral landscape) poem. Evening time and forest are the leitmotif of these poems. Poems 411-420 are about him coming back earlier than promised and wooing her back again with memories of past.

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