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Fireflies

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From the 1913 winner of the Nobel Prize in literature comes Fireflies, a collection of 200 proverbs, aphorisms, and maxims from India, China, and Japan. Collected by Rabindranath Tagore over many years, each epigrammatic firefly represents a brief yet luminous thought on life, beauty, or God. Tagore knew that the most profound subjects love, truth, compassion, birth, and ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published 1975 by Collier Books (first published 1928)
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Lee Robinson
Jun 25, 2008 Lee Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mom gave this book to my dad when they got married. They're not married anymore, but somehow these jewel-like little poems capture that feeling of being in love and hopeful and all the bright-eyed wonder towards the world that goes along with it.
Abigail Parnell
I am not a poetry kind of person.. but this one was separated into small little bites, so each sentence was powerful. Very interesting and some very pretty bits. A couple of my favorites:

"The child ever dwells in the mystery of ageless time, unobstructed by the dust of history."

"A light laughter in the steps of creation carries it swiftly across time."

"To justify their own spilling of ink they spell the day as night."

I may be misinterpreting something.. but at the very least I like the way the
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Vani
Jun 25, 2014 Vani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection has every verse translating to a very deep meaning,it makes you ponder over life. The metaphors and references made are brilliant. An easy read for the way it is compiled.
SmarterLilac
Oct 08, 2009 SmarterLilac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really love this terrific collection. Is there anything better than poetry which communicates such profound truth in so few words?
Steve
Nov 10, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorates
I'm not typically into poetry, but I love this book of extremely short but deep poems; some of which changed my life.
Riyadh Hammady
Jan 02, 2015 Riyadh Hammady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have translated the poem into Arabic... soon will be published... here and in some other places...
Crystal Bennett
May 08, 2014 Crystal Bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will carry this book with me wherever I go.
Twinkle
Mar 04, 2014 Twinkle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Real gems of short poems.Must read for all.
Meena Gupta
"Fireflies had their origin in China and Japan where thoughts were very often claimed from me in my handwriting on fans and pieces of silk." Quote Tagore
Becky
Mar 22, 2008 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my all time favorite book of poems. I read them often.
Lesley
Dec 14, 2008 Lesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love the poems in this book...
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West."

Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and ess
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