TEXTS FROM ENGLISH RELIGIOUS HISTORY
Hunger: Selections from the Poems of Tukarama,
rearranged with a new introduction
One of India's best-known poets, "Tuka" (1608-1649) was a wandering monk who had fled society when famine killed his family and destroyed his grain business. Before he disappeared at age forty, he preached and sang his teachings throughout South India. Two hundred of his nearly 8000 poem-sayings are here reprinted from Fraser and Marathe's classic prose translation.
The present edition is an edited selection, newly rearranged, from The Poems of Tuk r ma, (3 volumes) translated by J. Nelson Fraser (18691918) and K.B. Marathe (d. 1918); Vol. I (1909; poems 11208), Vol. II (1913; poems 12092648) and Vol. III (1915; poems 26493721), originally published in Madras by The Christian Literature Society for India.