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Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) was a Bengali poet of India. He was also a philosopher and an artist. He wrote many stories, novels, poems and dramas, as well as composing music and many songs. His writings greatly influenced Bengali culture during the late 19th century and early 20th century. In 1913, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first Asian to win this prize. His real name was Rabindranath Thakur.
Tagore was born in the city of Kolkata. Tagore was a Bengali Brahman by birth. He wrote his first poem when he was only eight years old. He published his first large poetry collection in 1877. He wrote his first short story and dramas when he was only 16 years of age.
RavindraNath Tagore’s Notable work included Gitanjali, Creative Unity, My Reminiscences , Gora and Ghare-Baire and many other literary and art works. Gitanjli was an world famous poetry book of Tagore.
Some of fabulous books by Ravindra Nath Tagore:
Literary value does not depend on the importance of a subject. Whatever one has truly felt, if it can be made sensible to others, will always be respected. If pictures which have taken shape in memory can be expressed in words, they will be worthy of a place in literature. From this point of view, ‘My Reminiscences’ by great poet Rabindranath Tagore, is as literary material that offers his memory pictures. Here, it is noted that these memories are not history or autobiography but original creations.
Gitanjali, or Song Offerings, is a collection of poems translated by the author, Rabindranath Tagore, from the original Bengali. This collection won Tagore the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. He was the first Asian to win the honour. These poems are primarily devotional, with mystic aura and sublimated ecstasy. They are the thoughts of a seer: the perfect union of beauty and truth in poetry from the pen of the greatest poet of modern India. While introducing this small volume to the West, W. B. Yeats wrote: “Though the work of a supreme culture, they yet appear as much the growth of the common soil as the grass and the rushes. A tradition, where poetry and religion are the same thing, has passed through the centuries, gathering from learned and unlearned metaphor and emotion, and carried back again to the multitude the thought of the scholar and of the noble.”
Togore’s creativity seemed a counterpart to the creativity of the universe as a whole. The Religion of Man was what he called it; but The Poet’s Religion, the title given to the first lecture in Creative Unity 1922, would be a better name, since the religion is inseparable from his artistic theory and practice. Tagore looks upon creation as the sportive manifestation of the Lord arising from the abundance of his grace. “Joy is at the root of all creation.” Creation is the result ananda, bliss. It is not a veil that hides the Lord. It is not the distortion of Brahman or God. Tagore’s conception of the universe and human Life has a positive element in it. The world of nature is akin to us if we can shed our egoism.
Gora (1910) is Tagore’s fifth novel and generally considered his masterpiece. Canvassing the social, cultural, religious and political life of nineteenth century urban middle-class Bengal, it is a landmark in the history of the Bengali novel. The novel is believed to be an expression of Tagore’s own transition from Hindu revivalism to universal brotherhood, from nationalism to internationalism, from the acceptance of rigid Brahmoism and Hinduism to the religion of man. It was translated into English by W. W. Pearson in 1924.