The Uttararamacarita occupies a very high place in the dramatic literature of the Hindus, and it is accepted by common consent as a masterpiece of the author. Bhavabhuti appears to have possessed all the requisites of the true dramatist and poet-active imagination, an exuberant fancy, the appreciation of the sublime and the beautiful, high power in characterization, a thorough knowledge of the workings of the human heart, and a ready sympathy with suffering humanity. In addition to that he has a most enviable command over language, and the rhythm and music of his verses are almost matchless. He is a master in the art of depicting the different emotions of the human heart, and he displays everywhere a profound knowledge of the best situations calculated to enhance the impression of his delineations of such sentiments. His Uttararamacarita is essentially a drama of pathos, and his indirect boast that the one sentiment of pathos is depicted by him in many colours and varied phases is not at all unmerited.
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