kim kavyena kaves tasya
kim kandena dhanus-matah
parasya hrdaye lagnam
na ghurnayati yac chirah
kim—what use; kavyena—with poetry; kaveh—of the poet; tasya—that; kim—what use; kandena—with the arrow; dhanuh-matah—of the bowman; parasya—of another; hrdaye—in the heart; lagnam—penetrating; na ghurnayati—does not cause to roll about; yat—which; sirah—the head.
What is the use of a bowman's arrow or a poet's poetry if they penetrate the heart but do not cause the head to spin?'
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