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Kavya (poetry)Source: Shodhganga: Bhismacaritam a critical study
Epic is the word used in western literature to denote the Mahākāvya.—The word ‘epic’ is derived from the Greek word ‘epos’ meaning a word or a song but in later and more general use, it is applied to long narrative poems on heroic themes. Heroic actions are usually based on one principal hero and often with a strong national significance. Sometimes it may be of the achievements of one or more heroic personages of history or tradition. It is treated in a very grand style and at great length also. Without length it is impossible to have the long vistas of action and the variety of characters that an epic requires. The subject of epic should be developed in an orderly manner without emotional stress except in the statements of the characters.
Epics deal with the events which have a certain grandeur and importance and come from a life of action, especially of violence such as war. It gives a special pleasure, because its events and persons enhance our belief in the worth of human achievement and in the dignity of nobility of man. In the great epic, heroic, folktales and ballads have been combined by the poet and transformed into a single work of art while in the lesser epics the story is still fragmentary. Epic in fact has deep and primitive and haphazard way in which they come to be formed. It may also be a combination of tragedy, comedy, lyric, dirge and idyll.
Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.
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Jarasandhavadha Mahakavyam (by Pankaj L. Jani)
Part 7 - Epics of the other languages < [Critical Introduction]
Part 6 - The Great Tradition of Sanskrit Mahakavya < [Critical Introduction]
Part 8 - The Jarasandhavadha Mahkavyam as an Epic < [Critical Introduction]
The backdrop of the Srikanthacarita and the Mankhakosa (by Dhrubajit Sarma)
Part 4 - Sanskrit mahākāvyas < [Chapter I - Introduction]
Part 5 - Some prominent Kashmiri Sanskrit poets < [Chapter I - Introduction]
Bhishma Charitra (by Kartik Pandya)
List of Mahabharata tribes (by Laxman Burdak)
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 4 - The brahmanical trimūrti (Śiva, Viṣṇu and Brahmā) < [Chapter IV - Explanation of the Word Bhagavat]
Part 2 - Śāriputra and Maudgalyāyana at Sañjaya < [Chapter XVI - The Story of Śāriputra]
Part 2 - Why is the Buddha called Tathāgata < [Chapter IV - Explanation of the Word Bhagavat]
Puranic encyclopaedia (by Vettam Mani)