Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Thirukkural – 1111

Soft are you, scarlet pimpernel! May you prosper!
Softer than you, is the girl I yield to.

நன்னீரை வாழி யனிச்சமே நின்னினும்
மென்னீரள் யாம்வீழ் பவள்.

அனிச்சம் (Anicham) is a flower often mentioned in Sangam poetry. This flower is so soft that it droops when smelt. She’s softer than that.There is no consensus among researchers whether அனிச்சம் is scarlet pimpernel.

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