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Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court PoetryThe Sena Salon of Bengal and Beyond$
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Jesse Ross Knutson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282056

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282056.001.0001

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The Political Poetic of the Sena Court

The Political Poetic of the Sena Court

(p.17) one The Political Poetic of the Sena Court
Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court Poetry

Jesse Ross Knutson

University of California Press

This chapter interprets literature's new historical role at the end of the early medieval period in Bengal by tracing a cluster of poetic elements that were inseparable from descriptions of the king and also by sketching the parameters of an official political poetic. When it came to the portrayal of concrete reality, for the most part, a finite set of forms and contents confronted contemporary authors as a historical necessity. The chapter attempts to define the historical role of these poetic elements, showing them to project their proximity to the imminent Khalji invasion (Ramadan a.h. 601, early May 1205 c.e.) and the attendant crisis and restructuration of the Sena state.

Keywords:   Lakṣmaṇasena, Ballālasena, Keśavasena, Saduktikarṇṇaāmṛta, Dhoyī, Pavanaduūta, Sanskrit, anthology, kaāvya, microhistory

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