Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara (Study)

by Debabrata Barai | 2014 | 105,667 words

This page relates ‘Environment and Retreat of Kavi (poets)’ of the English study on the Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara: a poetical encyclopedia from the 9th century dealing with the ancient Indian science of poetics and rhetoric (also know as alankara-shastra). The Kavya-mimamsa is written in eighteen chapters representing an educational framework for the poet (kavi) and instructs him in the science of applied poetics for the sake of making literature and poetry (kavya).

Part 5.1 - Environment and Retreat of Kavi (poets)

Rājaśekhara concentrated about the environment and retreat of a kavi (poet) in details. Rājaśekhara says, a kavi (poet) should residence always in a well-plastered and decorated with cosy seats distributed for six-season. There should be surrounded by a garden and an orchard with beautifully built alters under the various types of trees, lakes, play-hills, tanks with lotuses, seas like swimming whirlpool, fall of grazing deer, peacocks and pigeons; frequented by ruddy gees, cranes, ducks, partridges, ospreys and parrot etc. The cool bowers with shower-baths and a swing with cosy merry-go-ground may be removing the fatigue of the kavi (poet). This type of idea also present in the Kāmasūtra of Vātsyāyana[1]

When the poets mind becomes tired of continuous intellectual works and poetic thoughts, he may retire either in a lonely retreat attended by silent attendant, companions and servants, male and female, speak various literary dialects like Apabhraṃsa, Māgadhī, prākṛta and Sanskrit. His friend should be well-versed in all the literary works and know all the current languages and speaking fluently, good handwriting with the receivers of every indication and suggestion. He scribe should also cultural purity of assembly and his speech should be rapid and writing should be neat and legible. One of those deputies should wait him till the late night. [2]

Footnotes and references:


Kāmasūtra of Vātsyāyana: I/ 4/ 3-4


Kāvyamīmāṃsā of Rājaśekhara: Ch-X, Pp- 49-50 “tasya bhavanaṃ ............ purvoktānāmantaram ”|

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