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Gitanjali

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  4,254 ratings  ·  234 reviews
Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was one of the most important writers in 20th-century Indian literature. Among his expansive and impressive body of work, "Gitanjali" is regarded as one of his greatest achievements, and has been a perennial bestseller since it was first published in 1913.
Paperback, 2011, 135 pages
Published by Rajpal and sons (first published 1910)
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Deepthi
Jun 25, 2013 Deepthi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of poetry and beauty, Seekers of spiritual enlightment
Shelves: favorites
Warning : I am letting my heart pour out over this review. Might be long. Read it if you want to or if have some time to spare.

I always wanted to write a review on Geetanjali, as it has been very close to my heart and always will be, but something stopped me every time I made an attempt. Maybe it was the memory of all the overflowing emotions which I had experienced while reading these poems or it was my immense love and respect for its writer that made me feel unworthy to make any sort of comme
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Jareed
"I read Rabindranath every day, to read one line of his is to forget all the troubles of the world."
-Unnamed Bengali Doctor addressing W.B. Yeats, contained in the Introduction


Isn’t it just fitting that this masterpiece be introduced by a person no less than William Butler Yeats who is another Nobel Laureate? Tagore received the Nobel in 1913 and Yeats in 1923. It is ostensibly perceivable that Yeats managed to capture the focal points in his Introduction, so quoting parts of Yeats introduction
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Amy
I am already loving this book of poetry, though I fear I will need to read it several times before I can actually say I have consumed it. Let me give you an offering from this morning's reading...

"I came out alone on my way to my tryst. But who is this that follows me in the silent dark?
I move aside to avoid his presence but I escape him not.
He makes the dust rise from the earth with his swagger; he adds his loud voice to every word that I utter.
He is my own little self, my lord, he knows no sh
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Pulkit Singhal
Hmm, I seem to be too lost to begin with this review. Maybe, it is going to take some time for me to come out of the world that I have lost myself into while reading Gitanjali. One of the most beautiful collection of poems that I have ever read. It feels as if Tagore is a writer, painter, musician and a charioteer of one's soul, all at the same time. With his words, he paints amazingly vivid landscapes incorporating into his verses all the elements of nature that apart from their own hues and ti ...more
Dona
Verses frm Gitanjali r pasted all ovr my room, in my diary, at d back of my notebooks....I even remember participating in a competition( which i was too afraid 2 b in) with a slip of paper in my pocket with verses frm gitanjali scribbled in it.When in doubt, I run 2 Tagore.Who needs bible ven v hav got buks lyk des?
James
"Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure." Thus begins this small but rich collection of poems by the Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore. He sings of the ages that are the gift of the gods. He explores the abundance of human experience from birth to death and beyond. Eros has its place as well in the poems that explore the humanity of young and old. All the while the beauty of nature does not escape his attention. The author's own translation into English from the original Beng ...more
Book'd
Jan 09, 2013 Book'd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every Living soul!
Recommended to Book'd by: Chris Adams(College Professor)
A collection of beautiful poems you might not want to miss reading!
Although now that I have finished reading it, I do not recollect each of the poems but there are a few that I shall always remember.

I loved these for instance,

Day after day, O lord of my life, shall I stand before thee face to
face. With folded hands, O lord of all worlds, shall I stand before thee
face to face.
Under thy great sky in solitude and silence, with humble heart
shall I stand before thee face to face.
In this laborious wo
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Emily
A beautiful combination of Indian religion/philosophy and poetry. God has never been compared to the earth in a more enthralling way. This collection of poems made me feel the connection others might have to god,death,pain and being a human.
Bo
Let My Country Awake

Where the mind is without fear and the head held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever-widening thought and action;
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
Jul 22, 2008 ♥ Ibrahim ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥ Ibrahim ♥ by: Jesuits in the Middle East
Shelves: spirituality
Here is a sample of the beauty of Tagore and this sweet poem was actually sung by a Sr Marie Keyrouz in such a way as to make me cry:

Face to Face

Day after day, O lord of my life,

shall I stand before thee face to face.

With folded hands, O lord of all worlds,

shall I stand before thee face to face.

Under thy great sky in solitude and silence,

with humble heart shall I stand before thee face to face.

In this laborious world of thine, tumultuous with toil

and with struggle, among hurrying crowds

shall
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Jaideep
Book Review: Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore: A Journey To Infinity To Discover Yourself

http://pebbleinthestillwaters.blogspo...

You need to have a big appetite to digest each and every word of Gitanjali written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941). The work was originally written in Bengali published over different Bengali books on poetry from where 103 poems have been picked, compiled and consolidated in this book. The translation has been done from Bengali to English by Rabindr
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Joshua
Poetic falls short of describing Gitanjali. I'll have more to say when I'm finished.


April 24, 2011

Finished. Wonderful, poetic, imaginative are just a few words to describe Tagore's work. I don't know of any other way to describe it, so I'll just let Tagore speak for Tagore's self,

On the seashore of endless worlds children meet. The infinite sky is motionless overhead and the restless water is boisterous. On the seashore of endless worlds children meet with shouts and dances

They build their house
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Shirley
Dec 28, 2008 Shirley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Karyn, Lotsche
Shelves: 2008
Gorgeous collection of poems/songs about life, death, spirituality.

As an example,

Song #69:
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.
It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.
It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow.
I feel my limbs are made glorious b
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Mohamed Shetaya
قراءة وإبحار عميق في فضاء الشاعر والفيلسوف الهندي رابندرانث طاغور في قرابين غنائه "بكل الوسائل يحاولون أن يحيطوني بالأمان، أولئك الذين بحبونني في هذا العالم. غير أن الأمر مختلف في حبك الذي هو أكبر منهم جميعاً، وأنت تطلقني إلى الحرية
إن ساعات الصباح قد ولت، العصافير تشدو بزقزقة تعبة، أوراق شجر النسيم تحف فوق الرأس وأنا أجلس وأفكر، وأفكر
الخلاص ليس لي عبر العزوف عن الدنيا. إنني أشعر بحضن الحرية في ألف رباط ورباط للمتعة.
إنك دائما ما تصب لي من ذخيرتك الطاذجة من خمرتك ذات الألوان المتعددة والأريج، مالئ
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Julie

Read Tagore everyday, in the mornings and evenings. A few lines at a time, enough to nourish my soul and bring me to the peak of beauty.
Sharakael
A translated Indonesian version of this book was given to me as a birthday present, and upon reading I found the words inside to be beautiful and haunting. One of my favourite poetry books, and the poetry inside... they painted such a beatiful picture in my mind, with words that are open to interpretation and contemplation.

This and Kahlil Gibran's works became my favourites. One of my favourite from this book:



On the seashore of endless worlds children meet. The infinite sky is motionless overhea
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Nanny SA
Rabindranath Tagore menulis buku ini dengan sangat indah, sebagai sebuah karya sastra yang sangat puitis dengan imaginasi dan makna filosofis yang sangat dalam. Karya sastra yang berbentuk puisi /prosa lirycs ini terbagi dalam 4 bagian yaitu :
- Gitanjali ( Kidung Persembahan ); Pencarian dan pujian kepada yang Maha Pencipta
- Musim Panen; Sekuel lanjutan dari Gitanjali, keduanya merupakan syair2 liris yang ritmis mengisahkan tentang kedalaman makna-makna benda dan arti kehidupan
- Bulan Sabit; Ku
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Bernie Gourley
Gitanjali is the most well-known work of the Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore was the first non-European winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1913.) While Gitanjali is a work of poetry, Tagore didn't restrict himself to this form, but also wrote stories, novels, plays, and music.

Gitanjali translates to "Song Offerings" and while the English version is a translation, it was translated by Tagore himself. Thus, there is no need to wonder whether the translator got it right or injec
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Adam
"Gitanjali" is a collection of prose poems by Indian author Rabindranath Tagore, who lived from 1861 to 1941.

This English version of "Gitanjali" is a series of prose poems that reflect on the interrelationships among the poet/speaker, the deity, and the world. Although Tagore had a Hindu background, the spirituality of this book is generally expressed in universal terms; I could imagine a Christian, a Buddhist, a Muslim, or an adherent of another tradition finding much in this book that would
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Raisa
Originally published in Bengali in 1910, Gitanjali (or Song Offerings) won Tagore the Nobel Prize in 1913. The translations are supposedly Tagore's own, and this edition has an introduction by Yeats, 'cause that's just how he rolls.

The poems in Gitanjali has a strong spiritual bent. The first few are full of this sense of exultation, for lack of a better word. Then the tone of the poems change: there's a sense of yearning and frustration now, this is a younger Tagore still seeking spiritual ful
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Ben Mathew
Not usually a big fan of poems, but this one by Tagore is an exception. My favorite is this one (it's in the public domain):

The morning sea of silence broke into ripples of bird songs; and the flowers were all merry by the roadside; and the wealth of gold was scattered through the rift of the clouds while we busily went on our way and paid no heed.

We sang no glad songs nor played; we went not to the village for barter; we spoke not a word nor smiled; we lingered not on the way. We quickened our
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Momina Masood
"One feels about them that they are the thoughts that come to our minds in moments of deep feeling, to some of us quite often, to others rarely, written down for us in the simplest way. And so they delight me: for everywhere I am glad to find my confused thoughts and feelings expressed so clearly and so beautifully that I have sometimes laughed for joy, sometimes felt tears come. There is certainly a music in some of the poems but most of that I suppose is lost in translation. As to style, beaut ...more
Saiisha
This is a portion of the review I wrote for my blog: http://www.NestInTheForest.com/gitanjali

If you Love Rumi, you'll love "Gitanjali"

Pluck this little flower and take it, delay not! I fear lest it
droop and drop into the dust.
I may not find a place in thy garland, but honor it with a touch of
pain from thy hand and pluck it. I fear lest the day end before I am
aware, and the time of offering go by.
Though its colour be not deep and its smell be faint, use this flower
in thy service and pluck it whil
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Zelene Jyoti Joshi
There is so much in the book that even the abundance knows nothing about.......sometimes it was like i am pondering deep inside,asking,seeking and receiving all those answers that lie scattered like stars yet difficult to be fathomed...........i may go on and on and on...writing about my favourite stuff in the book ....but right now I'd just like to share ..."I WILL DECK thee with trophies, garlands of my defeat. It is never in my power to escape unconquered.
I surely know my pride will go to the
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Munkhbayar Baatarkhuu
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Abhi
Granted, there were lines in the pages of this book that touched the cores of my heart and being. But I should've loved this book. Gone on to say that it was amazing, that it swept me right off my feet, changed the way I looked at life, given it 5 stars (at least 4). And I don't know which my handicap is: intellectual or literary.

Therefore, I resolve to read it again. And again. And again, until I can fathom the depths of the mind of the great one. At least some more than I do now.
Md Hossain
One can not hold and write this much feel and love in his creation. "Gitanjaali" is the one exception to this, a wonder to the literature world and a bible for the all poem books. I myself think this is the language of love and deepest feel of heart. If you want to know what is love, if you want to see what is sacrifice and if you want to feel the life then "Gitanjaali" will be your companion to the last. This vast, pure , tremendous words of passion, dedication and sacrifice for love is really ...more
Ajith Peter
Gitanjali is a must-have book in your book collection. The poems are so delicate, close to nature, humble, sincere, yearning for higher consciousness. All wrapped in very simple words.

One of my favourites is

Pluck this little flower and take it, delay not!
I fear lest it droop and drop into the dust.
I may not find a place in thy garland,
but honour it with a touch of pain from thy hand and pluck it.
I fear lest the day end before I am aware,
and the time of offering go by.
Though its colour be not
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Karen
Tagore has written the most beautiful poetry.
Rajeshwari Tagore
Beautiful
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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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“Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high,
where knowledge is free.
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls.
Where words come out from the depth of truth,
where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection.
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost it's way
into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.
Where the mind is led forward by thee
into ever widening thought and action.
In to that heaven of freedom, my father,
LET MY COUNTRY AWAKE!”
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“On the seashore of endless worlds children meet.

The infinite sky is motionless overhead and the restless water is boisterous. On the seashore of endless worlds the children meet with shouts and dances.

They build their houses with sand, and they play with empty shells. With withered leaves they weave their boats and smilingly float them on the vast deep. Children have their play on the seashore of worlds.

They know not how to swim, they know not how to cast nets. Pearl-fishers dive for pearls, merchants sail in their ships, while children gather pebbles and scatter them again. They seek not for hidden treasures, they know not how to cast nets.

The sea surges up with laughter, and pale gleams the smile of the sea-beach. Death-dealing waves sing meaningless ballads to the children, even like a mother while rocking her baby’s cradle. The sea plays with children, and pale gleams the smile of the sea-beach.

On the seashore of endless worlds children meet. Tempest roams in the pathless sky, ships are wrecked in the trackless water, death is abroad and children play. On the seashore of endless worlds is the great meeting of children.”
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