Kings in Love: Lilit Phra Lo and Twelve Months
Two classic Thai poems
- PUBLISHED: September 2020
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies / Southeast Asia, Literature / Poetry
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 364 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25 in, 10 b&w illus., 4 tables
- ISBN: 9786162151613
- Publisher: Silkworm Books
Kings in Love: Lilit Phra Lo and Twelve Months (Thawathotsamat) are among the earliest works of Thai literature. These translations by an award-winning team aim to convey not only the meaning of the Thai originals but also their beauty and emotional power. Lilit Phra Lo is a long narrative poem with an unusual romance, a contest of rival magic, an erotic climax, and a blood-soaked ending. It has been condemned as feudal and indulgent, but celebrated for its flowing poetry and emotional power. Twelve Months, a passionate lament for a lost lover, was once greatly acclaimed but has been quietly sidelined for being “too erotic.” Each poem has an afterword tracing the work’s origins, structure, publication history, and critical reception. Though rooted in Thai culture, both poems speak to universal themes and have echoes in world literature.
Authors & Contributors
Chris Baker is honorary editor of Journal of the Siam Society. Pasuk Phongpaichit is professor emeritus of economics at Chulalongkorn University.