Rabindranath Tagore was one of the most renowned Bengali authors and poets of all time. He is best known for his lyrical poetry, which often explores spiritual and religious themes. Tagore also wrote novels, dramas, and songs, and was a prolific artist who produced thousands of paintings and sketches. In 1913, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore’s writing is deeply influenced by his spiritual beliefs, which derive from both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Many of his poems explore the nature of love and its connection to the divine. He also wrote extensively about social issues, protesting against poverty and inequality.

Below I have listed down some of his most beautiful poems.

1. On the nature of love

The night is black and the forest has no end;

a million people thread it in a million ways.

We have trysts to keep in the darkness, but where

or with whom – of that we are unaware.

But we have this faith – that a lifetime’s bliss

will appear any minute, with a smile upon its lips.

Scents, touches, sounds, snatches of songs

brush us, pass us, give us delightful shocks.

Then peradventure there’s a flash of lightning:

whomever I see that instant I fall in love with.

I call that person and cry: `This life is blest!

for your sake such miles have I traversed!’

All those others who came close and moved off

in the darkness – I don’t know if they exist or not.

2. Where the mind is without fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic wallsWhere words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

3. Friend

Art thou abroad on this stormy night

on thy journey of love, my friend?

The sky groans like one in despair.

I have no sleep tonight.

Ever and again I open my door and look out on

the darkness, my friend!

I can see nothing before me.

I wonder where lies thy path!

By what dim shore of the ink-black river,

by what far edge of the frowning forest,

through what mazy depth of gloom art thou threading

thy course to come to me, my friend?

Thanks for reading!

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Ekta Singh Chandel

Ekta Singh Chandel

Ekta Singh is an Aerospace Engineer. She likes to read and talk about books. She loves to write and aspires to be an author and an entrepreneur.
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