Although Thirukkural consists of 1,330 short couplets, it is considered a gnomic poem, perhaps the greatest of its kind in scope of execution and conception. Gnomic poems are short, memorable statements of traditional wisdom and morality.
Considered one of the greatest works ever written on ethics and morality, it is known for its universality and secular nature. Its author is traditionally alluded to be Valluvar, also known in full as Thiruvalluvar.
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