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Book Title: Song Offerings|
ISBN 13: 9780856463112
The author of the book: Rabindranath Tagore
Edition: Carcanet Press Ltd.
Date of issue: April 1st 2008
Format files: PDF
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The Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 primarily for this work, parts of which he had rendered into the lucid, grave English prose of prayer. Although he wrote over 40 books of poetry, this is the only one whose name is known outside the subcontinent. Tagore's most famous work deserves to be seen as it appeared in the Bengali - a series of jewels, the whole with the authority virtually of a holy book, and each one a metaphysical delight. Joe Winter's complete translation, the first in English verse, emulates the grandeur and lightness of movement of these wonderful song-poems. Joe Winter, born in London in 1943, taught English in secondary schools in London from 1967-94. He has contributed regularly to The Statesman. Anvil has also published Guest and Host, his poems of life in Calcutta, and Naked Lonely Hand, his selection of poems by Jibanananda Das. His versions of Tagore’s essays Of Myself (Atmaparichay; co-translated with Devadatta Joardar) and Das’s Bengal the Beautiful are published in 2006.
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Read information about the authorAwarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West."
Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal. Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced), and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works, and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed—or panned—for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation. His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India's Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh's Amar Shonar Bangla.
The complete works of Rabindranath Tagore (রবীন্দ্র রচনাবলী) in the original Bengali are now available at these third-party websites:
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