(Last Updated on : 20/01/2012)
Tinaimoli Nurru Aimpatu, also known as Thinaimalai Nurru Aimpathu, is a Tamil ethical poetic work of didactic character and belongs to the Patinenkilkkanakku
collection of Ethical Tamil Literature
. Patinenkilkkanakku (Pathinenkilkanakku) is a compilation of 18 poetic works in Tamil
which were composed in the period after the Sangam age, between 100 CE and 500 CE. Tinaimoli Nurru Aimpatu was written in the post-Sangam age
equivalent to between 100 CE - 500 CE. The literary work contains one hundred and fifty four verses that were composed by the eminent Tamil poet Kanimey Thaviyaar. The poetic work of Tamil literature
is well known and much accepted for its composition and its clarity; effortless and easy readability and presentation. The literary work of Tinaimoli Nurru Aimpatu or Thinaimalai Nurru Aimpathu comprises of a number of didactic messages which were the outstanding characteristics of the era.
The poems of Tinaimoli Nurru Aimpatu are exceptional in the execution of similes which help to teach the moral codes with the employment of basic occurrences from daily life.
Composition of Tinaimoli Nurru Aimpatu
Tinaimoli Nurru Aimpatu (Thinaimalai Nurru Aimpathu) is an assemblage of ethical Tamil verses which were written by the Tamil poet Kanimey Thaviyaar. This post Sangam work is one of the 18 minor literary works in Tamil which are incorporated in the Patinenkilkkanakku anthology series. The venpa in its variation forms constitutes as the metre of the Tamil poetic work. The numerous poems in Tinaimoli Nurru Aimpatu were constructed in the Akam or Agam tradition of Tamil literature from Sangam age, which describes the internal or subjective concepts and topics. The Akam tradition implemented in the Sangam literature refers to the different subject matters which are related with the intangible concepts of life such as love, human emotions and feelings, disagreement between lovers, severance, desperate desire to meet lover etc.
The poems in the literary collection describe five distinct Tamil landscape recognized in poetic works of Sangam literature, which are known as Thinai in Tamil language. These landscapes portray the general idea of the poetic work. The poems of Tinaimoli Nurru Aimpatu Thinaimalai Nurru Aimpathu are categorised into thirty one verses for each of the five landscapes or Thinais of Sangam literature
. These elaborately describe the conditions, situations and emotions exact to each of the landscapes or Thinais. The five Thinais or landscapes identified in Tamil poems of Sangam literature are Marutham (farmland), Neithal (seashore), Kurinji (mountains), Paalai (parched land) and Mullai (forest).
The work of Tinaimoli Nurru Aimpatu illustrates, in easy and brief manner, the numerous moral and ethical codes which are mandatory for regular life of every individual, as well as for the betterment of the society.