The poets of classical India regarded love as the first and deepest of
passions. Translator and scholar Andrew Schelling perfectly encapsulates
the history and passion of eighth-century India in this collection. "A
single stanza of the poet Amaru," declared a ninth-century poetry critic,
"may provide the taste of love equal to what's found in whole volumes."
Graceful and yet remarkably playful, intensely passionate, and at times
hinting of divine transcendence, the poems translated here offer poignant
glimpses into the many faces of erotic love. This collection, known in
Sanskrit as the Amarushataka ("One Hundred Poems of Amaru"), was compiled
in the eighth century and remains to this day one of India's finest
collections of love poetry. Legend connects the poetry's authorship to King
Amaru of Kashmir, while present-day scholars generally consider it an
anthology of the verses of many poets.

—Erotic Love Poems From India

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