Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Thirukkural – 1114

If lilies can see, they’ll droop, convinced
‘we’re no match to this bedecked girl’s eyes’

காணின், குவளை கவிழ்ந்து நிலன் நோக்கும்-
‘மாணிழை கண் ஒவ்வேம்!’ என்று.

Purple lily buds (குவளை மொட்டு) has been repeatedly used as a metaphor for eyes in Tamil literature. The picture below is of a trout lily bud.

 

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