Articles about Indian Prosody

Various articles on Indian prosody, including summaries and monographs, by various scholars.


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Table of Contents


A.L. Basham on Indian Prosody

A.A. Macdonell on Vedic Metre

A.K. Warder on Pāli Metre

Charles Duroiselle on Medieval Pali Prosody

A.A. Macdonell on Metre in Classical Sanskrit

M. Winternitz on Indian Prosodic Literature


E.V. Arnold extract from Vedic Metre in its Historical Development

A. B. Keith on The Metre Of The Bhaddevatā

J.H. Moore giving a Metrical Analysis of the Pāli Iti-vuttaka

K.R. Norman on The origins of the āryā metre

Franklin Edgerton on Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit


Editor's Preface

The documents in this section have been prepared to give a broad overview of Indian Prosody as it has developed through the ages; and to provide bibliographical information that may be useful to the student. Most of the documents consist of Appendices to other works, or small sections within a larger work, some of which are hard to find, and so it seemed useful to gather them together here. I hope to add more articles to this section as and when possible.

I have generally reformatted the documents to make them more readable, added in the metrical markings wherever necessary, and annotated the documents whenever it would help to clarify the text. Occasionally I have corrected the English, especially in Indian works on the subject. All such additions and corrections are placed in square brackets.

Ānandajoti Bhikkhu
December 2005