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The contrast between Tagore's commanding presence in Bengali literature and culture, and his near-total eclipse in the rest of the world, is perhaps less interesting than the distinction between the view of Tagore as a deeply relevant and many-sided contemporary thinker in Bangladesh and India, and his image in the West as a repetitive and remote spiritualist. Graham Greene had, in fact, gone on to explain that he associated Tagore "with what Chesterton calls 'the bright pebbly eyes' of the Theosophists." Certainly, an air of mysticism played some part in the "selling" of Rabindranath Tagore to the West by Yeats, Ezra Pound, and his other early champions. Even Anna Akhmatova, one of Tagore's few later admirers (who translated his poems into Russian in the mid-1960s), talks of "that mighty flow of poetry which takes its strength from Hinduism as from the Ganges, and is called RabindranathTagore."
In contrast, in the rest of the world, especially in Europe and America, the excitement that Tagore's writings created in the early years of the twentieth century has largely vanished. The enthusiasm with which his work was once greeted was quite remarkable. a selection of his poetry for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, was published in English translation in London in March of that year, and had been reprinted ten times by November, when the award was announced. But he is not much read now in the West, and already by 1937, Graham Greene was able to say: "As for Rabindranath Tagore, I cannot believe that anyone but can still take his poems very seriously."
Tagore’s works reflect both the pride his family felt in their Bengali culture and their belief in
a deity who transcends the limits of time, place, and creed. Unlike other upper-class families
who expected their children to receive the equivalent of a British education, the Tagores
insisted that in addition to becoming fluent in English and familiar with European literature,
their children know both Sanskrit and Bengali and read extensively in works written in those
two languages. In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the nationalist fervor sweeping
across the subcontinent stimulated interest in native languages such as Bengali. The Tagores
responded to this movement in 1877 by establishing Bharati, a monthly journal in Bengali.
It was there that Rabindranath Tagore’s first poems appeared. Though they were highly
praised, it soon became clear that this young man did not intend to hold to tradition. He
rejected the formal tone of older Bengali poetry, he invented new poetic forms and tried out
new meters, and most shocking of all, he wrote in the vernacular. Tagore was just as freespirited when he set his poems to music, adapting classical forms at will. Since the short story
was a relatively new form, Tagore could not so easily be criticized for his short fiction.
However, some readers were surprised by his interest in the powerless and by his use of a
simple, colloquial style. Tagore’s importance as a Bengali writer cannot be overstated. He is
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In light of the recent controversy generated around Rabindranath Tagore, Agenda brings to its readers an essay written by Chandan Mitra on May 9, 2010, which analyses the philosopher-poet’s unique idea of Indian nationhood
BIBLIOGRAPHY-SHORT STORIES AND POEMS BY RABINDRANATH TAGORE
Rabindranath Tagore was an eminent scholar and prolific Indian writer in the latter half of the Nineteenth-Century and first half of the Twentieth-Century. He was born at Jorasanko, Calcutta, India on May 7, 1861. At an early age he showed promise as a writer, specifically of poetry. Rabindranath went on to write over 3000 poems, 2000 songs (including the Indian National Anthem), 8 novels, 40 volumes of essays, and 50 plays. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for his most famous work Gitanjali (Song Offerings), which was published in 1910.
For Bengalis, the songs' appeal, stemming from the combination of emotive strength and beauty described as surpassing even Tagore's poetry, was such that the Modern Review observed that "there is in Bengal no cultured home where Rabindranath's songs are not sung or at least attempted to be sung ... Even illiterate villagers sing his songs". Arthur Strangways of The Observer introduced non-Bengalis to rabindrasangit in The Music of Hindostan, calling it a "vehicle of a personality ... [that] go behind this or that system of music to that beauty of sound which all systems put out their hands to seize."
—Reba Som, Rabindranath Tagore: The Singer and His Song.
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