Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara (Study)

by Debabrata Barai | 2014 | 105,667 words

This page relates ‘Routined seat of Kavi (poet)’ 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).

A kavi (poet) should always possess some following things of his proximity. In the table of kavi (poet) sit with pencil, chalk-sticks, a casket or a shaff-box, inkpots with pen, palm-leaves or birch leaf, Palmyra leaves and with metal pen against well-plastered and clean-walls. Here it is clear that in these time when RS was lived there are paper was not available. However, ancient ācārya says that, all those are considered to be the prerequisites of writing good kāvya (poetry) but Rājaśerkhara feels that the mentioned materials are not the pre-requisite for poet to write good kāvya (poetry), there pratibha (poetic genius) is along is it major necessity.

In this view of Rājaśekhara is almost corresponding to the view of Ānandavardhana.


taddhi kāvyavidyāyāḥ parikaraḥ” ityācāryāḥ |
“pratibhaiva parikaraḥ” iti yāyāvarīyaḥ

- Kāvyamīmāṃsā of Rājaśekhara: Ch-X, Pp- 50

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