In Praise of Krishna: Songs from the Bengali
by Edward C. Dimock and Denise Levertov
University of Chicago Press, 1981
Paper: 978-0-226-15231-8
Library of Congress Classification PK1771.E3I5 1981
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.4410080382

Arising out of a devotional and enthusiastic religious movement that swept across most of northern and eastern India in the period from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries, the powerful and moving lyrics collected and elegantly translated here depict the love of Radha for the god Krishna—a love whose intensity and range of emotions trace the course of all true love between man and woman and between man and God. Intermingling physical and metaphysical imagery, the spiritual yearning for the divine is articulated in the passionate language of intense sensual desire for an irresistible but ultimately unpossessable lover, thus touching a resonant chord in our humanity.

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