We must recognize that it is providential that the West has come to India, and yet some one must show the East to West and convince the West that the East has her contribution to make to the history of Civilization. India is no beggar to the West. And yet even though the West may think she is, I am not for thrusting off Western civilization and becoming segregated in our independence. Let us have a deep association.
The present collection of essays is a modest attempt at showing the East to the West inasmuch as English-Tamil literary relations constitute an important apartment in the mansion of East-West literary relations. There cannot be a better way of introducing great Tamil works to the Western readers than by compa ring them with comparable texts in English. Such comparative studies may achieve much more than serving this limited purpose. As T.S. Eliot observes in his review of Robert Lynd's "Old and New Masters," comparison is one of the two essential tools at the disposal of a critic:
But the chief claim of Tamil to glory is its wealth of literature. The earliest extant Tamil work, Tolkäppiyam, is an exquisite treatise on the grammar of poetry. Dr Caldwell and many more scholars are of the view that it must have been preceded by at least a few centuries of literature, as it lays down rules for different kinds of poetical compositions clearly deduced from examples available to him. The Sangam poems on love and war, gathered together in a few anthologies, challenge comparison with any group of works in the literatures of the world.
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