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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  611 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The poems of Rabindranath Tagore are among the most haunting and tender in Indian and in world literature, expressing a profound and passionate human yearning. His ceaselessly inventive works deal with such subjects as the interplay between God and the world, the eternal and transient, and with the paradox of an endlessly changing universe that is in tune with unchanging h ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Penguin Classics (first published 1985)
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The problem with reading Tagore is that, if you know anything about the man, it's difficult to raise your face from a prostrated we're-not-worthy position long enough to make sense of what's on the page. The first non-Western winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore was a polymath: painter, poet, political theorist, physicist. This is a dude who chatted it up with Einstein. That's an awful lot of impressed to bring to any reading of verse, particularly one rendered in translation.

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Jee Koh
The Play of the Universe

From a deep appreciation of the varied imperfections of earth, Tagore's poems yearn for the single, perfect ineffable. The narrative poems tell the stories of ordinary people, but tell them in such a manner as to evoke that deep yearning, so that the ordinary matter is suffused with immense dignity. The allegorical poems are dream-like and imaginative, at once passive and active. The lyrics are his supreme achievement, to my mind. Ardent, yet harmonious, they map human lo
Khansa Thamir
النسخة التي لدي هي مقتطفات من أشعار وأغاني طاغور.. ولا أعرف إن كان هذا الكتاب هو نفسه..
حرف عذب بنسجه عن الطبيعة والريف والحياة الهندية.. ذكرتني أشعاره التي تصف الطبيعة بأشعار ووردزورث الفاتنة.. أشعار تجعل الروح تحلق والثغر يبسم لجمالها.. تشبيهاته الرائعة للبيوت الريفية وشروق الشمس ومظاهر الحياة الهندية هو أكثر ما راق لي..
أشعار أخرى أنثوية تقارن حياة الفتاة الشرقية بالغربية.. وأشعار غزلية.. استخدام رائع للغة وترجمة مذهلة.. مشجع لقراءة المزيد..
Već odavno je Tagore jedan od mojih omiljenih pisaca. Šta je to što ga čini posebnim?
Ne postoji jednostavan odgovor, postoje pokušaji da se dočara lepota i svevremenost njegovih stihova. Posebnom lepotom zrače ljubavni stihovi: nenametljivi, puni poštovanja i obzira prema vrhuncu stvaralačke moći koju je Bog pokazao: ženi. Ali nikako ne treba misliti da je za njega žena apstrakcija, platonska ljubav, biće nedodirljivo, naprotiv. Ona je slika čulnosti ali opisane delikatno, sa poštovanjem, eroti
Richard Holmes
If you like Eastern Philosophy you will just love this. It may be a translation of the original work but it is truly beautiful and typical Tagore. Probably not every Westerner's cup of tea, but all that's needed is a bit of depth of vision to understand the symbolism and deeper meanings in the passages. Tagore's description of death in various passages in Gitanjali is beauty personified and almost brings tears of joy to your eyes. I would thoroughly recommend it.
poems in the vein or Rumi and Hafiz, subtly political. lyrical.
Selected Poems by Rabindranath Tagore
Books of poetry are never really finished. You finish your initial reading, yes, close it for the first time, certainly, but when you return to it, it will meet you as the person you have become since yesterday. Tagore reminded me of this and I know that when I slip this book back on the shelf at home, it will only be a temporary farewell until the time I am ready to read the same words with a different mind. As my time in India draws to a close, only six days remaining, I am glad that I had the ...more
Tagore may have been the greatest poet ever. His work was originally done in Bengali and I've read that the poetry is even more beautiful in Bengali than in English. Tagore spent considerable time in England and was born in Calcutta. It was Tagore who first called Gandhi "Mahatma" (Great Soul). Tagore knew too much of sadness. His mom died when he was 14, his wife when he was 43, his sister in law committed suicide, a daughter died a year after his wife and his youngest son died four years after ...more
Brian Denton
This isn't a bad collection of poetry. I'm happy I read it because there are a few terrific poems like "Flying Man," "Flute-Music," Shah Jahan," and "Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva." For the most part though I didn't feel any real connection with the works. I understand Tagore's importance in world literature so the fault is probably mine, a combination of something being lost in translation and my own near total ignorance of the culture that produced the poetry. Still, I found it worth reading.
I read one of these poems at my mother's funeral. I don't think she knew anything about Rabindranath Tagore, but I hope she would have appreciated the poem.
Some interesting imagery and language. This includes many references to Hinduism which I did not understand.
The rating is for the translation, not the originals.
Sohel Chakma
i like very much rabi poem so...........
Sep 22, 2007 Zivush rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
a truely exceptional poet
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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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“Unending Love

I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times...
In life after life, in age after age, forever.
My spellbound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs,
That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms,
In life after life, in age after age, forever.

Whenever I hear old chronicles of love, it's age old pain,
It's ancient tale of being apart or together.
As I stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge,
Clad in the light of a pole-star, piercing the darkness of time.
You become an image of what is remembered forever.

You and I have floated here on the stream that brings from the fount.
At the heart of time, love of one for another.
We have played along side millions of lovers,
Shared in the same shy sweetness of meeting,
the distressful tears of farewell,
Old love but in shapes that renew and renew forever.

Today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you
The love of all man's days both past and forever:
Universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life.
The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours -
And the songs of every poet past and forever.”
“The singer alone does not make a song,
there has to be someone who hears.

-Broken Song”
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