The Cloud of Longing: A New Translation and Eco-Aesthetic Study of Kalidasa's Meghaduta

ISBN : 9780197566633

E. H. Rick Jarow
248 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Aug 2021
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A full-length study and new translation of the great Sanskrit poet K?lid?sa's famed Meghad?ta (literally "The Cloud Messenger,") The Cloud of Longing focuses on the poem's interfacing of nature, feeling, figuration, and mythic memory. This work is unique in its attention given to the natural world in light of the nexus of language and love that is the chief characteristic (lak?a??) of the poem. Along with a scrupulous study of the approximately 111 verses of the poem, The Cloud of Longing offers an extended look at how nature was envisioned by classical India's supreme poet as he portrays a cloud's imagined voyage over the fields, valleys, rivers, mountains, and towns of classical India. This sustained, close reading of the Meghad?ta will speak to contemporary readers as well as to those committed to developing a more in-depth experience of the natural world. The Cloud of Longing fills a gap in the translation of classical Indian texts, as well as in studies of world literature, religion, and into an emerging integrative environmental discipline.


I.The Meghaduta of Kalidasa
II. Liquid Meaning in Sanskrt Poetics
III. Clouds
IV. Vastunirdesa
V. The Argument
VI. The Cloud's Way
VII. Meteorology and Metaphor
VIII. Alaka
VIII. Critical Considerations

About the author: 

E. H. Rick Jarow is Associate Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Vassar College. He is the author of Tales for the Dying: The Death Narrative of the Bh?gavata Pur??a and has numerous published articles on Indology, K?lid?sa, and on the reception of Indian texts in the West.

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