George Hart's introduction is a meditation on the relationship between Tamil and Sanskrit, imploring modern authors to pay more attention to--and draw inspiration from--older literary forms, vocabulary, and themes from cankam literature.
Rajan to size up cankam literature against the archaeological record.
Nachimuthu also makes some interesting remarks about the trajectories of cankam Tamil's linguistic heritage, demonstrating precisely how cankam forms are retained in Malayalam, but not in Kannada or Telugu, finally making the claim that cankam literature should be regarded as "proto-Dravidian" literature, and not as literature that exclusively belongs to Tamil, reminding us of Old Tamil's geographical and linguistic reach.
A basic, even indispensable, source for both authors and texts ranging from Cankam literature
to approximately the middle of the twentieth century, it attempts to include in each entry also the bibliographic reference necessary for further research.