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Vol. 3 No. S-1 (2021): Volume 3, Issue S-1, Year 2021

Facets of life and society as depicted in Pillaitamizh literature

Meenakshi Balganesh
Department of Languages, Karpagam Academy of Higher Education, Coimbatore-21, Tamil Nadu, India

Published 2021-04-24


  • Pillaitamizh,
  • Stages of child growth,
  • Short literary forms in Tamil,
  • Child psychology

How to Cite

Balganesh, M. (2021). Facets of life and society as depicted in Pillaitamizh literature. International Research Journal of Tamil, 3(S-1), 9-18.

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Pillaitamizh is a unique, short literary work in Tamil which stands out amidst the multiple short literary formats in Tamil language. Gods, Goddesses, Kings, Queens, nobles or learned teachers are personified as small children and the poetical work is structured as ten stages of growth starting from the first month after birth to about ten to twelve years of age. This format of poetry not only depicts the various beauties and nuances of Tamil language but also reflects upon the way of family life, different aspects of scientific thoughts, religious and philosophical norms, formats of worship, the psychology of the mother and the child to name a few. Some of these features are highlighted in this article and the conclusion that this is a complete and unique poetic structure par excellence is arrived at.


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