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Stray Birds

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  851 ratings  ·  83 reviews
"Stray Birds" contains ideas on nature, man, and his environment as may be entertained by a man sitting by a window where the stray birds of summer sing and fly away. These short, sometimes merely one-line poems are often just an image or the distillation of a thought, but they stay in the mind and do not fly away as easily as the birds. The author, Rabindranath Tagore, wa ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1913)
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Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic, poetry
What is it about Tagore's poems that captures the reader? His poems are so easy to read. The subjects are highly familiar; the elements commonplace. They are not highly personal; they won't stump you with symbolism that requires decoding or deciphering. In fact, a child could easily follow some of the lines. The poems are so simple you could go through the whole book in an hour.

And this, perhaps, is Tagore's secret: simplicity. But it is a simplicity that ensnares. Because simple tho
Purba Chakraborty
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I read a book by Rabindranath Tagore, I read each sentence at least two times to decipher the depth of the thoughts concealed in his words.

Stray Birds is a collection of some 300 one to two lines poem. The 1 or 2 lines poems has so much profundity that I read some of them at least 5 times. After reading each poem, I kept thinking about them. That made me read this book for many days.I used to read 25-30 poems each day to savor the words of the poems in my heart. This book is
Neeraj Chavan
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars."
"I have lost my dewdrop", cries the flower to the morning sky that lost all its stars."
"A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it."

Tagore is profoundly phenomenal and a genius with his ideas. His words have the ability to scrape off your soul from you! His epigrams leave you astounded and provoke you to think. He'll always be among my favorite poets. Metaphors fail
Roopesh Chhabria
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is the most mesmerizing poetry I have ever read and no I am not just saying this because it captured my imagination. I am saying this because it sent me to a new realm of imagination.
The way it has been written, makes you feel what the poet would have felt while writing this piece of literature and also how he saw the nature with his soul.
The greatest touch point from where I can see this poem is the way Sir Rabindranath Tagore has seen nature; expressing itself freely through the lang
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Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Stray birds of the summer come to my window to sing and fly away.
And yellow leaves of autumn, which have no songs, flutter and fall there with a sigh.
O TROUPE of little vagrants of the world, leave your footprints in my words . . . "

How better can a poetry start . . ? Every sentence you read will give you some new thoughts . . You will start to think about flowers, sun, birds, flame, river , moon , darkness etc. The way Tagore defines the non-existing emotions(It will
Tanish Jena
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"In the moon, thou sendest thy love letter to me" said the night to the sun
"I leave my answers in tears upon the grass."

I have never read much of poetry, but from the moment I read the first line, I wasn't able to put the book down.
The words are simple, resonating with a deeper meaning, they give you peace and simultaneously initiate a tornado of emotions. Nature couldn't be described better by Sir Rabindranath Tagore. Every poem depicts it with some phantasm and yet humane element.

Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, poetry
Wonderful work from Tagore!
It's hard to express the magnitude of sweetness one could receive after reading it. Highly recommended to read in the dawn or dusk of the day.
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not really a poetry fan, and if it were not for a reading challenge I never would have picked this up, but I'm happy I did. I'm not a convert to loving poetry, but this was beautiful.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
The conceit of this book of poetry is that each poem- usually just a single sentence- represents a single, fleeting thought, like a bird flitting by as a man sits watching through a window.

I generally love Tagore's poetry; his better works, such as "Gitanjali" or "The Gardener", are works of beauty, brevity, and subtlety. In "Stray Birds", I felt that his attempt to distill his poetry to its simplest essence drove out much of that beauty and subtlety. Many of these 326 epigrams are l
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Never has love, painful joy, peace been so eloquently presented in such a sensuous manner in which Tagore carves his beautiful prose. Stray Birds is a collection of poems based on musings Tagore penned. His feelings and thoughts sing to you thru his magical verses.��

Known for his graceful words Tagore's meaning of life will touch your heart. The sentences reveal one's soul which can be translated world wide and shared ��by all. Tagore and beauty - synonymous. Try to enjoy Tagore in quiet
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
“Let my thoughts come to you, when I am gone, like the afterglow of sunset at the margin of starry silence.”

Your thoughts did come, Mr. Tagore, and I am like a star that has seen the afterglow of your sunset. Stray Birds is a fine collection of single sentence musings, most of which relate nature and love to human experience. They are like proverbs that read like minimalist poems, containing dense amounts of wisdom hidden between the lines. I found myself reading many of them several times over, jus
Aswathi Suresh babu
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It`s sheer absurdity to review a poem; esp. if it`s from Tagore. In the first place, poetry is never meant to be reviewed.
The delicate art to weave a fascinating world with an array of words has to be experienced and lived! Rather, it`s not just the words but something beyond language adds to the life of a poem.

Reluctant to fly away like the birds, the reverberations of those beautiful lines stay there. With each line, Stray Birds evokes the deeper imaginary realms within us. I wond
Shampa Paul
These poems are magically beautiful.
Dhruvika Dhamija
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Xiaoying Lu
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel-2019
I read Gitanjali: Song Offerings years ago, so when I found this book of poetry by Tagore, I knew I had to read it. I liked many of his poems, but the one that stood out to me was number 258: "The false can never grow into truth by growing in power"
Shravana Biswas
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, poetry
This was such a beautiful collection!
The poems were simple yet so eloquent. Every metaphor and every simile spoke volumes about Tagore’s genius. Who knew that just two sentences could be written in such a way that they make you contemplate about life?
I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a simple and elegant poetry collection or just to anyone at all, for that matter.
Trang Minh Hoang
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.”
Profound, full of thoughts, beautiful images and reflections.
A.M.D. Hays
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stray Birds is a collection of poetic aphorisms, remarkable for their simplicity but resonating deeply with fundamental truths of being, life, love, and the marvels of our universe.

"The birth and death of the leaves are the rapid whirls of the eddy whose wider circles move slowly among stars." Rabindranath Tagore

They are indeed like stray birds that alight in a nearby tree to sing a few notes and fly away. Here is another:

"Love is life in its fulness like the cup with it
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
His shining like pearls deep philosophical light, not only to raise awareness about the nature of humanity, love for all the good things of the world, but also inspires the ideals of how people clinging to the reality of life, the whole life full of joy and bright.

Enjoy it.
Mohammad Sabbir  Shaikh
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"In the moon, thou sendest thy love letter to me" said the night to the sun
"I leave my answers in tears upon the grass."
More such thoughts, observations lay within this book.
Grab it. Read it. It's worth it.
Lindsay from TrulyBooked
At first, looking at the short single lines, it all looks so deceptively simple. There is however, a spirit behind each line and while it can read as a religious text or a mystic's preachings, there is no doubt that it is undeniably beautiful in both its simplicity and its message.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bob by: Chris
Shelves: 5-star-books
This is a short, beautiful book of poetic one- or two-line observations on life, nature, man's relation to time, God and the universe. Much food for thought. A delightful book to be read and re-read, little by little.
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
[June 26, 2015 @ 23:47 - Read my mother's copy in Ste-Foy QC] Tagore's words touched me in a way I cannot express.

Will definitely order my own copy.
Rui Ma
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
poems are not really my usual reading. I picked this one for its prestige. I am surprisingly impressed
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Stray Birds
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Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-reads, favorites
the best poetry book I've read.
Amanda Vigil
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love, Love this beautiful work of poetry!
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple - complex, powerful- subtle, pain- soothe...
Words Eternal !
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