This paper aims at reconstructing some steps in the evolution of the rūpaka- as a key figure in traditional ancient Indian poetry within the framework of broader research in progress on the genesis of classical literature. The starting-point is the importance that both texts – which must have constituted the beginning of kāvya-tradition and the most ancient technical definitions of rūpaka – seem to attribute to the samastavastuviṣayarūpaka-s. As a working hypothesis, the recurring occurrences of the epic and kāvya works have been examined as a final stage in the continuous slow evolution of a similar intellectual attitude towards a reality which crosses ritual, speculative and finally poetical contexts, whose technical formulation could be informative about the date and the milieu of the origin of kāvya.

The Background of the samastavastuvisayarupaka and its importance in early kavya

PONTILLO, TIZIANA
2010

Abstract

This paper aims at reconstructing some steps in the evolution of the rūpaka- as a key figure in traditional ancient Indian poetry within the framework of broader research in progress on the genesis of classical literature. The starting-point is the importance that both texts – which must have constituted the beginning of kāvya-tradition and the most ancient technical definitions of rūpaka – seem to attribute to the samastavastuviṣayarūpaka-s. As a working hypothesis, the recurring occurrences of the epic and kāvya works have been examined as a final stage in the continuous slow evolution of a similar intellectual attitude towards a reality which crosses ritual, speculative and finally poetical contexts, whose technical formulation could be informative about the date and the milieu of the origin of kāvya.
RUPAKA - METAPHOR; KAVYA; SUBSTITUTION
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