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Selected Poetry of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

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Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

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Index to poems

On the seashore of endless worlds children meet. Tempest roams in the pathless sky, ships are wrecked in the trackless water, death is abroad and children play. On the seashore of endless worlds is the great meeting of children.
        (On the Seashore)
  1. The Child (excerpt)
  2. Crossing 16
  3. Fruit-gathering XXXVI
  4. Fruit-gathering LV
  5. The Gardener 38
  6. The Gardener 66
  7. The Gardener 85
  8. Gitanjali 35
  9. The Last Bargain
  10. On the Seashore
  11. Playthings

Notes on Life and Works

Born May 6 (some sources say May 7), 1861, in Calcutta, Rabindranath Tagore became one of the prolific writers in the world, poet, artist, dramatist, musician, novelist, and essayist. He was completely at home both in Bengali and in English, in part because he was educated at University College, London, in 1879-80. He had become the national poet of Bengal by the time of his Golden Jubilee in Calcutta on January 28, 1912, but his international fame only came in November 1913 when he won the Nobel Prize for literature for Gitanjali, a collection of poetry initially brought out in Bengali in 1910 and then translated by the poet and published in English in 1912 with an introduction by W. B. Yeats. He translated so many volumes of his own Benjali poems personally that he can be regarded as an Anglo-Indian poet. Tagore resided at Shantiniketan and Ashram and founded a school at the former place that turned into Visva-Bharati University in 1918, the present-day holder of the Tagore copyright (which ran out on January 1, 2002). Mrinalini Devi Raichaudhuri and he wed, in an arranged marriage, Dec. 9, 1883, and they had five children: three daughters, Madhurilata, Renuka, and Mira, and two sons, Rathindranath and Samindranath. Tagore obtained honorary degrees from the universities of Calcutta (1913), Dacca (1936), Osmania (1938), and Oxford (1940). He died August 7, 1941, in Calcutta, and was cremated.

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Biographical information

Given name: Rabindranath
Family name: Tagore
Birth date: 6 May 1861
Death date: 7 August 1941
Ethnicity: Bengali
Family relations
          wife: Mrinalini Devi Raichaudhuri
          son: Rathindranath Tagore
          son: Samindranath Tagore
          daughter: Madhurilata Tagore
          daughter: Mira Tagore
          daughter: Renuka Tagore
Education: University College, London: 1879 to 1880
Honour: Nobel Prize for Literature: November 1913
          Ashram, India
          Shantiniketan, India
          Calcutta: 1861 to 1941
          London, England: 1879 to 1880
Buried at: Calcutta (cremated)
First RPO edition: 2002