Asunam hearing drum beats

துறை அடுத்த விருத்தத் தொகைக் கவிக்கு
உறை அடுத்த செவிகளுக்கு ஓதில் யாழ்
நறை அடுத்த அசுண நல் மாச் செவிப்
பறை அடுத்தது போலும் என் பா அரோ.

Poets who listen to varied metered verse
To hear my verse must be as worse
as for the melodious harp loving asunam
to hear drum beats.

Asunam is a bird/animal that was supposed to have an ear for melody. If it heard the drums, it used to drop dead. Kamban says for poets who have heared various metered poetry, to hear his verses must be as disconcerting. In all this அவையடக்கம், he deprecates himself, as was the practice at that time.

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