Love Poems

Love Poems

The Tirukkuṟaḷ also called the Kural, is a classic Tamil language text consisting of 1,330 short couplets of seven words each.The text is divided into three books with teachings on virtue, wealth and love. Considered one of the greatest works on ethics and morality, it is known for its universality and secular nature. Originally written by Valluvar, also known as Thiruvalluvar around 300 BCE in Tamil language.

The text came to print for the first time in 1812, it has been translated into at least 41 Indian and non-Indian languages, making it one of the most translated non-religious works. As of 2014, the English language alone had about 57 versions available, which is estimated to have crossed 100 by 2020. The Kural has been widely admired by scholars like Ilango Adigal, Kambar, Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, Constantius Joseph Beschi, Karl Graul, George Uglow Pope, Alexander Piatigorsky, and Yu Hsi which has made The Kural very popular in the ethical, social, political, economical, religious, philosophical, and spiritual spheres.

We are very thankful to Kanan, a farmer, founder of Seer7 Timeless Solutions, a doting father, a self-professed Tamil poet, bilingual blogger, translator who has given us a permission to reprint his poetic translation of The Tirukkuṟaḷ. The following love poems comes from the third book of The Tirukkuṟaḷ called Love.

We published nine poems in the September 2021 wedding issue of Desh-Videsh. It is my pleasure to present to you another twelve poems. I hope you like them.

When we find on the one we love
A soft shoulder to sleep on,
Can it be sweeter –
The divine world of
the lotus-eyed god? – Kural 1103
If I shut my eyes
He would be veiled;
Knowing this I sleep not.
Hence the townsfolk
Call him uncaring. – Kural 1129
Pupil of my eye,
Go away!
There ain’t room enough
For the girl I love
She with a fine brow.
– Kural 1123
Which is the moon
And which the girl’s face,
Unable to discern,
The baffled stars have
Strayed from their course.
– Kural 1116
Feeling it’s no match,
Lily would wilt down
And stare at the ground
If it sees the eyes of her
Who wears graceful jewels.
– Kural 1114
He never leaves my eyes.
When I blink, he remains
And yet stays unhurt.
He – my love,
Is exceptional.
– Kural 1126
My beloved resides
Within my eyes.
I never paint them
Lest he vanishes
For that brief time.
– Kural 1127
The glistening moon
That wanes and waxes
Is marred by vacant spaces.
Is there a single taint
On my maiden’s face? – Kural 1117
He lives with delight
Always in my heart.
But the townsfolk
Call him loveless
As he dwells apart.
– Kural 1130
She has eyes like a broad flower.
If you can resemble her face
You need not appear
For everyone to see.
– Kural 1119
Love Poems

classic Tamil language

Thiruvalluvar around 300 BCE in Tamil language

41 Indian and non-Indian languages

English language

Ilango Adigal

Kambar, Leo Tolstoy

Mahatma Gandhi

Albert Schweitzer

Constantius Joseph Beschi

Karl Graul

George Uglow Pope

Alexander Piatigorsky

Yu Hsi which has made The Kural very popular in the ethical

social, political




and spiritual spheres

7 Timeless Solutions

Tirukkuṟaḷ called Love

September 2021 wedding issue of Desh-Videsh

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