Poetic Experience

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
© 2018 by SSRG - IJHSS Journal
Volume 5 Issue 2
Year of Publication : 2018
Authors : Alemtola
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Alemtola, "Poetic Experience," SSRG International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol. 5,  no. 2, pp. 5-8, 2018. Crossref, https://doi.org/10.14445/23942703/IJHSS-V5I2P102


Indian Aestheticians regard rasa as the keystone of poetry. It is the vibhāva (Determinant), the anubhāva (Effect) and the vyabhicāribhāva (Transient sentiments) which lead to the attainment of poetic experience or rasa. A distinction is drawn between the ordinary kāraṇa (cause) and the extraordinary vibhāva, the normal kārya (effect) and the extra normal anubhāva. Through the medium of poetic expression the ordinary causes go through transformation and they receive the recognition as vibhāva. The effect too, when this is presented through poetry, it appears in the shape of an idea of limitless possibility, and naturally causes delight to the connoisseur. The exponents of Dhavni maintain that ordinary cause-and-effect theory does not apply to the case of poetic experience which is supernormal in character. This paper will study how the combination of vibhāva and anubhāva along with vyabhicāri̍bhāva can lead one to the attainment of rasa with especial reference to Bharata and Vi̇śvanatha Kavira̍ja


anubhāva, bhāva, rasa, vibhāva, vyabhicāri̍bhāva.


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