Gitanjali: A Collection of Indian Poems by the Nobel Laureate

Rabindranath Tagore (Author) William Butler Yeats (Introduction by)


An illuminating collection of inspirational poems by a Nobel Laureate

While traveling through one of the poorest regions in India, W. B. Yeats was amazed to discover the women in the tea fields singing the songs and poems of Rabindranath Tagore. This striking scene led the great Irish poet to appreciate the depth of India's far-reaching tradition of poetry and the fame of this one Indian poet. Tagore's work is without equal and plays an eminent role in twentieth century Indian literature.
The publication of the English edition of Gitanjali in 1911 earned Rabindranath Tagore the Nobel Prize in literature. A collection of over one hundred inspirational poems, Gitanjali covers the breadth of life's experiences, from the quiet pleasure of observing children at play to a man's struggle with his god. These are poems that transcend time and place.

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Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
August 01, 1997
5.56 X 0.36 X 8.28 inches | 0.28 pounds
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About the Author

'Rabindranath Tagore' (1861-1941) was a Bengali poet and writer, as well as a musician. He wrote over 2,000 songs, numerous short stories, novels, plays, essays, poetry and dance dramas. Among his songs are the national anthems of two countries-India and Bangladesh. Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.
William Butler Yeats is generally considered to be Ireland's greatest poet, living or dead, and one of the most important literary figures of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.