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In his Song Offerings to the Creator, Rabindranath Tagore uses modernized images from classical Indian love poetry to symbolize his yearning to merge with God. The mud-stained traveller, the parched summer earth, the bride awaiting the return of her lord, the first monsoon shower, the flowers, the rivers and the conch are images which gain a mystical depth in these poems. Included in this edition is WB Yeats introduction to the first edition of Tagores English rendering of Gitanjali. Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.
About the Author
Rabindranath Tagore was born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, on 7 May 1861, in a wealthy and progressive Bengali family. A prolific author and poet writing in Bengali and English, humanitarian, philosopher, educationist and artist, Tagore reformed Bengali music, art and literature. He was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. A leading proponent of the Bengal Renaissance, he founded the Visva-Bharti University in 1921, an institution that emphasized holistic learning and proximity with nature. Tagore opposed imperialism and in 1919, he repudiated his knighthood in protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.His notable works include Gitanjali: Song Offerings (first published in 1910 and translated in English by Tagore in 1912), Ghare-Baire (1916) and Rabindrasangeet. He is the only author to have penned the national anthems of two countries, Bangladesh and India. The lyrics and music for the original song of Sri Lanka's national anthem were also his work. Tagore became emblematic of a rich Indian cultural, spiritual and literary heritage globally. He travelled across the world to speak of his works and to give lectures at prestigious universities, thereby, also forging lasting friendships with contemporary authors like Ezra Pound, WB Yeats, Robert Frost and HG Wells. He died in 1941, in Calcutta.