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Kalidasa: Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works

Poets are the trumpets which sing to battle
poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world—Shelley

Abhijñānashākuntala or Abhijñānaśākuntalam (Devanagari: अभिज्ञान शाकुन्तलम्), is a well-known Sanskrit play by Kālidāsa. It is considered to be the best of Kalidasa's works. Its date is uncertain, but Kalidasa is often placed in the period between the 1st century BCE and 4th century CE.

The Sanskrit title means "pertaining to token-recognized-Śakuntalā", so a literal translation could be Of Śakuntalā who is recognized by a token. The title is sometimes translated as The Recognition of Śakuntalā or The Sign of Śakuntalā.

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