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Final Poems

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A selection from the four volumes of poetry this Nobel Prize winner wrote as he faced the approach of his death.
Hardcover, 71 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by George Braziller (first published 1974)
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Amy (Other Amy)
Distant, fragile, pale blue of sky
above the forest trees lifting
their arms, a silent offering of green.
Winter's tender sun on earth
spreads a shawl of clear light.
I am writing this down before
the painter, indifferent, wipes clean the canvas.

A coworker recently gave me a quote by Rabindranath Tagore for a list I keep. This was the first I'd heard of this giant of a human being. To think I might have gone through life without knowing there was such a person! I happened on this slim volume of poems
Jun 12, 2008 rated it liked it
In my opinion Tagore is an important historical figure whose contribution to India's fate nearly equals that of Gandhi's. This is, in part, due to his writings, which include poetry. However, taken out of their historic context, the poems don't fare as well as one would wish. Today they seems almost embarrassingly overwrought. If you love Rumi, no matter the translator, then you'll probably do OK with Tagore.
Lindsay Goto
The only thing I had read from Tagore before this was his novel "Gora". I have to say I am not fond of his prose, but I am in love with his poetry. Not since Basho have I been so touched by poetry, so immersed in the beauty of his words. The fact that these are poems taken from his death bed makes it even more momentous. I will be searching for more poetry from Tagore after this.
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"Que mi corazón se incliné ante el suave contacto
Del viento que sopla desde el corazón del universo,
Del viento loco de la vida, cargado de canciones"
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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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