- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Full Circle Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (15 Mar. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8176211125
- ISBN-13: 978-8176211123
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,174,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gitanjali Paperback – 15 Mar 2004
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About the Author
Rabindranath Tagore (1861 1941), is to the Indian subcontinent what Shakespeare is to the English-speaking world. A poet, playwright, painter, and educator, Tagore was also a mystic of great complexity and depth. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Tagore is my favorite poet, he approaches the deepest most spiritual aspects of life with simplicity, grace, and reverence. Using the imagery of nature, he connects the reader to the truth of living, being, experiencing this world in all its myriad of forms. His poems touch depths within the soul of the reader in unexpected and unimaginable ways ...
Perhaps at the end of the day, the reader can concur with the words of Tagore in poem # 16: "I have had my invitation to life's festival, and my life has been blessed. My eyes have seen and my ears have heard. It was my part to play upon my instrument, and I have done all I could. Now, I ask, has the time come at last when I may go in and see thy face and offer thee my salutations."
Excerpts from Poem # 57 "The butterflies spread their sails on the sea of light. Lilies and jasmines surge up on the crest of the waves of light. The light is shattered into gold on every cloud, my darling, and it scatters gems into profusion. Mirth spreads from leaf to leaf, my darling, and gladness without measure."
Poem # 90 "On the day when death will knock at thy door what wilt thou offer him?"
Erika Borsos (bakonyvilla)
Tagore was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize. Unfortunately, Nobel Prize in literature has had a rather checkered history. Many of its early recipients are largely forgotten today, and many of the recent prizes have been given for political, rather than literary, reasons. I approached Tagore's poems with a grain of salt, but my skepticism proved to be unwarranted. His poetry is of the highest caliber, and his literary reputation is well deserved. He is not read much in the English-speaking world any more, which is a shame. He deserves to be rediscovered and his poetry reintroduced to the new generation of readers.
The poetry of Gitanjali is largely metaphysical, portraying individual's union with the transcendental reality. The themes and the language of Gitanjali, however, are crafted in terms of a series of love poems. In this respect Gitanjali may be compared to the "Song of Songs." It is an exquisitely woven tapestry of innermost thoughts and aspirations, and it takes the reader on a journey of personal actualization and discovery. At times the poems may seem opaque and it's not always easy to discern what Tagore was getting at, but this challenge only serves to accentuate the pleasure of reading. This is a masterful collection that due to its theme will remain relevant and timeless for many years to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was wonderful to read these poems by Tagore. They are very rich and point towards inner reality. They give a vivid impression of one person's experience of God/Love/Clarity.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of least known polymaths in the west, a genius comparable with Galileo and da Vinci.
A master piece of Bengali culture.
This is great book by the author which resulted him gaining a Nobel prize for literature. It is beautifully written.Published on 24 April 2015 by S.R.Kulupana
The book was fine, came ontime and in good condition.
I didnt enjoy the content; but thats personal taste
This is my favourite of Tagore's English language texts. Tagore had a unique and inventive way of conjuring up abstract images, emotions and meanings in your mind. Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2014 by Damian Corkill