Why is Ramayana called the adi-kavya (first poem) and not Rig Veda? As I understand Rig Veda also consist of poems and since Rig Veda is older than Ramayana, shouldn't it be called the first poem?

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    Rig Veda was not composed by a human, whereas Ramayana was. – ram Nov 25 '18 at 23:11
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    Entire Ramayana is written in one meter.. but Rigveda has many meters...so entire Ramayana can be sung in one tune but Rigveda can't be sung in one tune...may be that's the reason because a poem ideally should be in one meter.... – YDS Nov 26 '18 at 13:25
  • @YDS Well, by meter you mean chandass, there are different chandas used in Ramayana also. – Sarvabhouma Nov 26 '18 at 17:06
  • Sarvabhouma See valmikiramayan.net/utf8/baala/sarga2/bala_2_frame.htm entire Ramayana is supposed to be in one meter which can be sung...due to some interpolation or loss of the text etc...may be you noticed other meters...but ideally only anusthupa meter.... – YDS Nov 27 '18 at 1:50

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