LOVER'S GIFT AND CROSSING : The Mysteries of Love - by Rabindranath TAGORE
Love and mysticism combine in this visionary work of unparallelled depth and beauty by India's Nobel Prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore. As powerful as 'The Prophet' by Kahlil Gibran.
"After the forgetfulness of his own divinity, man will remember again that Heaven is always in touch with his world, which can never be abandoned for good to the hounding wolves of the modern era, scenting human blood and howling to the skies." Rabindranath Tagore
Two Perspectives on Poetry: This volume comprises, not only two poetical works by Sir Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), but also an essay on the nature of poetry by his contemporary Sri Aurobindo (1872 - 1950). Tagore, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, author of 15 philosophical works, 100 volumes of verse and 50 plays, was hailed by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan as "the greatest figure of the Indian Renaissance". And Romain Rolland, talking of the East and West, said that Tagore contributed more than any other to- ward "the union of these two hemispheres of spirit". The text is that of the original 1918 edition, and though the two parts may be considered separately, the reader will derive more enjoyment by reading the two in sequence as they relate to each other, if not in a strict narrative fashion yet in their spiritual context. As for the essay 'The Essence of Poetry', this is the first time it has been published with Tagore's poetry, and we hope that the reader will understand the nature of poetry from two different perspectives: firstly - from that of a poet at the peak of his powers, expressing ideas with effortless ease through verse, and secondly, from that of a poet taking a moment's pause to reflect on what this art form is by writing about it "in theory". Each illuminates what poetry is in its own way.
An Introduction to Tagore: The brief essay by poet Edouard d'Araille provides a general introduction to the life and work of Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, who was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Firstly it provides a brief biography of Tagore, from his roots in Bengal, his studies in England and his first publications, all the way through to his literary fame, his winning of the Nobel Prize and international respect as a world poet. The essay also discusses his poetic work in general and the book that it introduces in particular - 'Lover's Gift and Crossing'. Several observations are made about the themes and meanings with this two-part work of poetry. This essay is not for seasoned scholars of Rabindranath Tagore but it will provide a helpful introduction for those who are not familiar with his visionary, lyrical and mystic poetry which he published both in Indian (Bengali) and English. Tagore is a figure who will be of interest to readers of Kahlil Gibran, William Blake and John Donne, among others, particularly due to the metaphysical and mystical nature of his verse. Several suggestions are made as to the ways in which the 'romance' of 'Lover's Gift and Crossing' can be interpreted. How you choose to read the book, however, is entirely up to you. It is many things at once and the opening essay only suggests a few alternatives. It does not tell you how to read the book.
SAILING through the night I came to life's feast,
and the morning's golden goblet
was filled with light for me.
I sang in joy,
I knew not who was the giver,
And I forgot to ask his name.
In the mid-day the dust grew hot under
my feet and the sun overhead.
Overcome by thirst I reached the well.
Water was poured to me.
I drank it.
And while I loved the ruby cup that
was sweet as a kiss,
I did not see him who held it and forgot
to ask his name.
This is one of the most moving books ever written and has been an inspiration on may writers. Less well-known than Tagore's 'Gitanjali', nonetheless it is more substantial and accessible and it draws the reader in through the story that breathes between the lines but which is never fully told. Mysteries.