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XXIII: Sucarita Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
Chapter XXIII: Good Conduct

Sutta 230

Kavi Sutta.m


Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Saavatthii.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


"Yes, lord," they replied,
and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these four poets.

What four?

The imaginative,
the traditional,
the didactic
and the extempore poet.

These are the four.'


[1] Possibly inserted to make up the ten suttas of each vagga. Cf. Dial. i, 22 n.; Buddhist India, 184; DA. i, 95; SA. i, 286; UdA. 205. They are as follows:
Cintaa-kavii, 'he who composes after thinking.'
Suta-kavii, 'who writes down what he has heard said - e.g., myths and legends.'
Attha-kavii, 'he who writes of the meaning of a thing.'
Pa.tibhaana-kavii, 'who writes of his own invention, like the elder Vangiisa.' Comy.

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