"Written by both men and women during the first three centuries of the Common Era, these short love poems feature intimate, finely etched scenes of yearning that are set in a series of vivid landscapes, including forests and riparian environments. Ramanujan, a celebrated poet and scholar, provides a detailed chart of poetic devices that helps orient the reader to what may be an unfamiliar set of conventions–and to the old idea that convention itself, rather than novelty, might be a virtue." –Walt Hunter, The Atlantic
"With The Interior Landscape, Ramanujan uncovered ancient Tamil literature for the world beyond and, being not only a scholar but a poet himself, his English versions proved the original to be exquisite poetry." - Girish Karnad
"It is difficult to overestimate the importance of The Interior Landscape.... It showed that translation called for as much in the way of creativity as it did in the way of scholarship." - Nakul Krishna, The Caravan
"Seekers after happiness should turn to Ramanujan's Interior Landscape."
- Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, from Partial Recall
"In their antiquity and in their contemporaneity, there is not much else in any Indian literature equal to these quiet and dramatic Tamil poems. In their values and stances, they represent a mature classical poetry: passion is balanced by courtesy, transparency by ironies and nuances of design, impersonality by vivid detail, leanness of line by richness of implication. These poems are not just the earliest evidence of the Tamil genius. The Tamils, in all their two thousand years of literary effort, wrote nothing better." –A. K. Ramanujan, from the afterword