Glossary

Dhvani

Dhvani

Created by Anandavardhana, this is a theory in Sanskrit poetics pertaining to symbolism and poetic suggestion. According to Anandavardhana, the essence or soul of poetry lies in its resonance, which requires sensitivity and acute skill on the part of the poet and the reader. From the Sanskrit word dhvani, meaning “sound” or “resonance.”

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