Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Thirukkural – 1166

இன்பம் கடல் அற்றுக் காமம்; மற்று அஃது அடுங்கால்,
துன்பம் அதனின் பெரிது.

Pleasure of love is like a sea; misery
of it, when apart, is even bigger.

Pleasure enjoyed by the lovers when their love is satiated, is like a sea. But the same love causes misery when they are apart, misery that is even bigger than the sea sized pleasure.

அற்று – like
மற்று – later
அடு – trouble (caused by separation)

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  1. He is the most definitive love poet, I say.
    And we have very many contenders.

    நீந்திக் கரைகாண இயலா காமக் கடும்புனல் imagery consistent with what is invoked here.


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