What lectures or books would you point someone towards who is interested in learning more about poetry in the Pāli Canon? Besides simply handing them a competent Dhammapada [edit: or Thig or Thag or Snp or…] translation, what else would you recommend?
[edit: In short, are there on any good books about (as opposed to of) Pali Poetry?]
Poetry used to indicate psychological subjects (devas, brahmas):
“poetical imagery or allegorization is more the domain of poetry and hence not to be expected in prose sermons. That is precisely why almost all the accounts of Maara’s temptations in the Paali Canon are in verse, fully or partially, and the conversations with Maara invariably are recorded in verse.”—“The Buddha’s Encounters With Mara the Tempter,” Guruge.