Gitanjali: A Collection of Indian Poems by the Nobel Laureate
An illuminating collection of inspirational poems by a Nobel Laureate
While traveling through one of the poorest regions in India, W. B. Yeats was amazed to discover the women in the tea fields singing the songs and poems of Rabindranath Tagore. This striking scene led the great Irish poet to appreciate the depth of India's far-reaching tradition of poetry and the fame of this one Indian poet. Tagore's work is without equal and plays an eminent role in twentieth century Indian literature.
The publication of the English edition of Gitanjali in 1911 earned Rabindranath Tagore the Nobel Prize in literature. A collection of over one hundred inspirational poems, Gitanjali covers the breadth of life's experiences, from the quiet pleasure of observing children at play to a man's struggle with his god. These are poems that transcend time and place.
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This is some of the best poetry ever written. Everything Tagore did was gold. Having written the national anthem for both India and Bangladesh in itself is amazing but to be able to write poems that can be appreciated by people the whole world over is even more amazing. Somehow he could connect with people in all walks of life. I have re-read this book many times and every time I appreciate it more.