1. Kavyavalokana (ಕಾವ್ಯಾವಲೋಕನ)
  2. kAvyAvalOkana
  3. Nagavarma-2
  4. 12th Century
  5. Poetics (Alamkara Shastra)
  6. ‘Kavyavalokana’ is a treatise on poetics even though it contains an entire chapter on Kannada grammar called ‘Shabdasmriti’. This ‘Shabdasmriti’ is considered to be the first grammar of Kannada written in Kannada apart from stray references found in ‘Kavirajamarga’. This work is divided in to five parts: 1. Shabdasmriti (shabdasmriti) 2. Kavyamalavyavrutti (kAvyamalavyAvrutti) 3. Gunaviveka (guNavivEka) 4. Reethikramarasanirupana (rItikramarasanirUpaNa) 5. Kavisamaya. (kavisamaya) The first chapter on grammar delineates sandhi, (sandhi) nama, (nAma) samasa, (samaAsa) taddhita, (taddhita) and akhyata. (AkhyAta) These topics relate to the essential grammatical elements of the language. Nagavarma has illustrated his contentions by examples chosen from literary works and texts that are knowledge based. The second chapters discuss the possible mistakes that may creep during the construction of words and sentences in two different sections. The third part deals with the figures of speech both with respect to the form and meaning. (Shabdalamkara and Arthalamkara) It makes a mention of ‘Marga’ concept also. The familiar concepts of ‘Reethi’ and ‘Rasa’ are dealt with in the penultimate chapter. The concluding chapter on ‘Kavisamaya’ talks of four different varieties of that concept. (asadAkhyAti, sadakIrtana, niyamArtha and aikya)                         Nagavarma is justified in calling his work ‘a hand mirror for the poets’ (‘kavigalgidu kaigannadi’)
  7. Publishing History: 1. Kavyavalokana Ed. R. Narasimhachar 1903 2. Kavyavalokana Ed. H.R. Rangaswamy Iyengar, 1939, Oriental Research Institute, Mysore 3. Kavyavalokana Ed. S.S.Basavanal and Kepu Shankaranarayana, 1939, Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Samsthe, Dharawada 4. 
  8. References and Criticism: 1. Introduction by R. Narasimhachar to his edition of ‘Kavyavalokana’. 2.




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