3rd century - 200ish - beginning of the tamil lyric written by the tamil people in the tamil language in southern india. This corner of the world has no business writing poetry on this level at this time. Poor/rural people not capable of creating great poetry. Just because not part of a great empire and farmers does not mean they understand people and life less. 2,381 poems by 473 poets in 8 anthologies - this body of work directly contradicts this bias. Editor tells us that there were 3 different groups of people - those we lost everything from, those who we only have masterwork of grammar, and those we have the anthologies from. Written prior to hinduism"s or buddhism"s arrival to area. Akam - interior poems about love and relationships, the self inward. Puram - exterior, war, government, politics, self expression, etc. The hills - part one - lover"s unions. The end - important - i alone in bed.