What is Purananuru?
Purananuru is an anthology of ancient Tamil poetry that contains 400 poems composed by various authors over a period of several centuries. It is considered one of the Eight Anthologies (Ettuthokai) of the Sangam literature, which is a collection of Tamil literature from the ancient Tamil country, dating from the third century BCE to the sixth century CE. The Purananuru is a valuable source of information about the social, cultural, and political life of the ancient Tamil people, and it covers a wide range of themes including love, war, morality, nature, and politics. The poems in Purananuru were composed in the akaval meter, which is a form of Tamil poetry characterized by its brevity and simplicity.