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In interpreting the suggestions I have taken several ideas from the opening passage of Appaya Diqita's CitJ'ami~y KM. 88 (Bombay, 1898), pp. 1-2. Appaya uses the second of the verses here translated as a touchstone for his definition oC dhvani. 28 Sanskrit Poetry and Sanskrit Poetics simply an ancient word for mother. She is the goddess of earth and fertility. And so her appearance is described as a sort of double, an anthropomorph, of the earth. The steam rises from her silent body just as it rises from the parched earth when the monsoon breaks.
D. 900). Vidyakara's favorite authors in order of the frequency with which he quotes them are as follows. D. 900 800-900 725 900-1100 800-900 400 950 900-1100 600-650 700-800? 850-900 700 900-1100 1000-1050 rvurnbe-r of quotations 2 5 101 56 47 42 32 25 25 23 21 20 20 19 17 16 The list reveals two facts of significance. For the most part Vidya,kara's favorite authors were fairly close to him in time; secondly, most of them, excepting the first three of the list, were close to him in place. VallaDa, Yogesvara, Vasukalpa, M"anovinoda, Abhinanda, and Viryamitra were all Bengalis, or at least easterners, of the time of the Pala Dynasty.
One may of course ask how many verses that are unascribed or verses by poets otherwise unknown to us might belong to great kavyas that are now lost. The statistics of meter, and it is for this reason that I have included toward the end of the volume an index of meters, show that the answer is very few. The favorite meter 28 Or thirteen verses if one takes verse 493 as genuine. recension of the Stikunta/a. 4 per cent of all quotations), which is never a carrying meter,29 and is almost never used at all, in mahiikiivyas of the period before Vidyakara's time (only 9 out of 9,914 verses in a representative index 30).
An Anthology of Sanskrit Court Poetry: Vidyakara's Subha?itaratnako?a by Daniel H. H. Ingalls Sr.