Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara (Study)

by Debabrata Barai | 2014 | 105,667 words

This page relates ‘Incidental disadvantages of Kavi (poet) for writing Poetry’ 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 5.7 - Incidental disadvantages of Kavi (poet) for writing Poetry

There Rājaśekhara also gives certain impediment of poetic creation i.e. poverty, addiction of vices, social injustice, misfortune and belief in mischievous and odious persons.

There also five reasons in the destruction of poetical works:—

  1. to think it should complete later on,
  2. it would fair out later on,
  3. after-words a discussion with friends,
  4. unsteadiness of the writer and
  5. political unrest or upheaval.


dāridyaṃ vyasanāsaktiravañjā mandabhāgyatā |
duṣṭe dviṣṭe ca viśvāsaḥ pañca kāvyamahāpadaḥ || ” [ iti ]

- Kāvyamīmāṃsā of Rājaśekhara: Ch-X, Pp- 53

A kavi (poet) may be stop his poetical composition for which may never materialize, for its revision, he may think that he would be discuss with his friends, the unsteady mind of the poet may itself be the culprit and a work may be destroyed by some major political upheavals.


nikṣepo vikrayo dānaṃ deśatyāgo'lpajīvitā |
truṭiko vahnirambhaśca prabandhocchedahetavaḥ || ”

- Kāvyamīmāṃsā of Rājaśekhara: Ch-X, Pp- 53

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