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"Gitanjali," or Song Offerings, is a collection of poems translated by the author, Rabindranath Tagore, from the original Bengali. This collection won the Nobel prize for Tagore in 1913. This volume includes the original introduction by William Butler Yeats that accompanied the 1911 English language version. "Gitanjali" is a collection of over 100 inspirational poems by In ...more
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Published January 1st 2005 by Digireads.com (first published 1910)
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Deepthi
Jun 25, 2013 Deepthi rated it it was amazing  ·  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 comm
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Seemita
There lived a pair of eyes in whose serenity the dawn and dusk merged, in whose voice the wise found their nerves, in whose heart even hatred turned love and in whose thoughts, a nation found their own.

Arguably one of the finest poets of all times, Rabindranath Tagore was an authorial voice in the pre-independence era of India. Born in 1861 and having found his calling at the tender age of eight, Tagore chiselled his artistic bent to perfection by diligently harbouring an observant and free stre
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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
Feb 01, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
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
Jul 28, 2012 Pulkit Singhal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
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
~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~
5 beautiful stars!

As per Wikipedia, Gitanjali (Song Offerings) is a collection of 103 Englishpoems of Tagore's own English translations of his Bengali poems, containing 53 poems from the original Bengali Gitanjali, as well as 50 other poems which were from his dramaAchalayatanand eight other books of poetry — mainly Gitimalya(17 poems),Naivedya(15 poems) andKheya(11 poems).

This was my first glimpse into Tagore's works, streamlined with an essence of the spiritual and devotion to the Almighty.
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James
Jun 03, 2013 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, indian-lit
"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
Dona
Aug 03, 2012 Dona rated it really liked it
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?
Bo
Jan 17, 2009 Bo rated it really liked it
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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Asha
Jan 09, 2013 Asha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every Living soul!
Recommended to Asha 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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Susan Budd
Gitanjali is a star shining in the darkness.
Jalendhari Tabeeb
ﺭﺏِّ ﺇﻧﻲ ﻟﻤﺂ ﺃﻧﺰﻟﺖ ﺇﻟﻲ ﻣﻦ ﺧﻴﺮ ﻓﻘﻴﺮ

"O My Lord! Truly am I in (desperate) need of any good that You bestow on me!" (Quraan: 28:24)

Beggarly Heart

When the heart is hard and parched up,
come upon me with a shower of mercy.

When grace is lost from life,
come with a burst of song.

When tumultuous work raises its din on all sides shutting me out from
beyond, come to me, my lord of silence, with thy peace and rest.

When my beggarly heart sits crouched, shut up in a corner,
break open the door, my king, and c
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Joey
Mar 26, 2015 Joey rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality, poems
This is about devotion to God. It could be a perfect inspirational book for religious people who believe in their callings. On the contrary, atheists like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins might adduce that there was no divine intervention in writing these songs ; it was a matter of Tagore’s motivation brought about by his past experiences.

I only learned from high school social studies that Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. But I never attempted to read his works which
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Muhamad Fahmi
Gitanjali; kumpulan puisi yang memuatkan sejumlah 103 buah puisi yang dilakarkan Rabindranath Tagore berdasarkan perjalanan kerohanian dan spiritualnya untuk mencari dan mendekati kekasih (Tuhan).

Walaupun ada beberapa puisi yang kadangkala menyuntik rasa ghairah untuk mendalami tetapi saya rasakan penterjemah kurang menyengat dalam menyampaikan puisi-puisi penyair dari Bengali ini. Mungkin saya perlu baca dari penterjemah yang berlainan versi untuk mencapai tingkat nikmat bacaan puisi yang berku
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Marwa الإتربي
علي المسافر ان يقرع مختلف الأبواب قبل أن يصل إلى بابه
.
آه أيها الحب ، لم تركتني وحيدًا انتظر أمام الباب ؟
.
غير أن حزنًا كان يستبد بي احياناً فكنت استيقظ من حلمي مرتعدًا
.
طاغور القريب للقلب جدًا
Shayantani Das
I have often seen my uncle with his tattered and time worn copy of Gitanjali. He had read it so many times that the missing words do not bother him anymore. At an impulse I also bought a very colorful English edition in my 6th standard and it has remained in my book shelves obscured by heftier novels gathering dust and looking tattered for entirely different reasons. College curriculum is arguably a bad way of rediscovering a book which holds so much sentimental value for my loved ones. A colleg ...more
Emily
Jan 03, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it
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.
Tanvika
Sep 09, 2016 Tanvika rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of simplicity, rhythm of life
Shelves: forgotten-wisdom
Gitanjali: Offerings to the divine

A Bengali doctor meets Mr Yeats. He tells him ' I read Tagore,every day to forget the troubles in the world'. Mr Yeats was still very curious. Meeting Indians,curators he is surprised by the honor bestowed to the poet. The flowing of the rich mixture of religion, mysticism and poetry smoothens,eases and delights all.

We have to tread our own journeys to the unknown. Lighting our own lamps, swimming in the ambiguous seas, gliding like the restless heavy skies , w
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Jaideep Khanduja
Aug 23, 2013 Jaideep Khanduja rated it it was amazing
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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Nazmi Yaakub
Gitanjali ini menutup tingkap 2015 dan menguak tirai 2016, sekaligus membuka pandangan baharu terhadap makna kerohanian tanpa melepaskan keyakinan terhadap kebenaran hakiki yang bukan relatif. Kumpulan puisi Tagore ini mengungkapkan perjalanan spiritual dalam menjejaki kekasih melalui bahasa bukan saja sangat indah, bahkan memiliki perlambangan hasil daripada renungan yang penuh dalam. Sudah tentulah kekaguman peribadi terhadap Gitanjali ini tidaklah sampai menafikan kebenaran mutlak seperti pan ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Gitanjali: song offerings, Rabindranath Tagore
در زبان بنگالی گیتانجالی یعنی مجموعه و معنی عنوان اصلی یعنی مجموعه نذرهایی در قالب شعر
عنوان: گیتانجالی؛ نویسنده: رابیندرانات تاگور؛ مترجم: رویا خاکساری، لاهیجان، نشر الهام اندیشه، 1392، در 184 ص، موضوع: شعر بنگالی شاعران هند قرن 20 م
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Jul 22, 2008 ♥ Ibrahim ♥ rated it it was amazing
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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Joshua
Apr 24, 2011 Joshua rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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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Saiisha
Jul 28, 2014 Saiisha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, poetry
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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Shirley
Dec 28, 2008 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Ajith Peter
Jun 24, 2013 Ajith Peter rated it it was amazing
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
...more
Julie
May 06, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing

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
Jan 26, 2009 Sharakael rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, poetry
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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Bernie Gourley
Oct 08, 2013 Bernie Gourley rated it it was amazing
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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“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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