Singapore University of Social Sciences

Sangam Classical Poetry of Heroism & Others (puram)

Sangam Classical Poetry of Heroism & Others (puram) (TLL308)

Applications Open: 01 October 2023

Applications Close: 15 November 2023

Next Available Intake: January 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Tamil

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Sangam classical literature of Purapadalghal is one of the oldest Tamil anthologies. Typically, Sangam literature comprised Ettitogai (eight anthologies) and Pattupatuu (an anthology of ten long verses). The collection has numerous verses composed by several poets. This category of Sangam Classical poems focuses on the heroism and related events that inspired the poems. Other themes include beauty, culture, ethics, god worship, vows made by kings, courtesy, bravery, words of wisdom for kings, civilization and all aspects of day-to-day living. Puram poems reflect the Tamil community’s culture and traditions. Through this course, students will also learn and understand the philanthropic acts of the ancient Tamils, and their passion and role as custodian of the Tamil language.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • சங்க இலக்கியப் புறத்திணைக் கோட்பாடுகள்
  • சங்க இலக்கியம் - புறநானூறு 1 - ஔவையார் பாடல்கள்
  • சங்க இலக்கியம் - புறநானூறு 2 - கபிலர் பாடல்கள்
  • சங்க இலக்கியம் - பதிற்றுப்பத்து
  • சங்க இலக்கியம் - பரிபாடல்
  • சங்க இலக்கியம் - சிறுபாணாற்றுப்படை

Learning Outcome

  • Demonstrate various forms and contents of Sangam Puṟam Literature. (B3)
  • Differentiate between akam and puṟam literatures. (B4)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Eṭṭuttokai and Pattuppāṭṭu. (B3)
  • Compare the social, economic and political life of the Tamils during the Sangam. (B4)
  • Relate the seven akattiṇais with seven puṟattiṇais. (B5)
  • Summarize the philosophical thought of the Tamils during the Sangam Period. (B5)
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