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Jewel That Is Best

Jewel That Is Best

Rabindranath Tagore
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William Radice
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When Rabindranath Tagore received the Nobel Prize for Literature in1913, it reinforced the power he had to touch readers across countries and cultures.

The Jewel That Is Best comprises three volumes of Tagore’s poetry–‘Particles’ (ika),)Kan ‘Jottings’ (Lekhan) and ‘Sparks’ (Sphuli?ga). The poems are quiet, philosophical observations that carry as much meaning as mystery, as much sensitivity as objectivity. Written at various points in the poet’s long life, they remain resonant even today. It was perhaps his imagination as a painter that enabled Tagore to combine humanity, nature and science on one canvas, a harmony strongly felt in these verses. Each poem is a gem delicately arranged with the others. They continue to sparkle in William Radice’s elegant and faithful translation.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Jan/2011

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MRP : ₹7.99

Jewel That Is Best

Rabindranath Tagore
,
William Radice

When Rabindranath Tagore received the Nobel Prize for Literature in1913, it reinforced the power he had to touch readers across countries and cultures.

The Jewel That Is Best comprises three volumes of Tagore’s poetry–‘Particles’ (ika),)Kan ‘Jottings’ (Lekhan) and ‘Sparks’ (Sphuli?ga). The poems are quiet, philosophical observations that carry as much meaning as mystery, as much sensitivity as objectivity. Written at various points in the poet’s long life, they remain resonant even today. It was perhaps his imagination as a painter that enabled Tagore to combine humanity, nature and science on one canvas, a harmony strongly felt in these verses. Each poem is a gem delicately arranged with the others. They continue to sparkle in William Radice’s elegant and faithful translation.

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Rabindranath Tagore

Born in 1861, Rabindranath Tagore was a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. He started writing at an early age and by the turn of the century had become a household name in Bengal as a poet, a songwriter, a playwright, an essayist, a short story writer and a novelist. In 1913 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and his verse collection Gitanjali came to be known internationally. At about the same time he founded Visva-Bharati, a university located in Santiniketan, near Kolkata. Called the 'Great Sentinel' of modern India by Mahatma Gandhi, Tagore steered clear of active politics but is famous for returning his knighthood as a gesture of protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919. Tagore was a pioneering literary figure, renowned for his ceaseless innovations in poetry, prose, drama, music and painting, which he took up late in life. His works include novels; plays; essays on religious, social and literary topics; some sixty collections of verse; over a hundred short stories; and more than 2500 songs, including the national anthems of India and Bangladesh. Rabindranath Tagore died in 1941. His eminence as India's greatest modern poet remains unchallenged to this day.

William Radice

William Radice is a poet and a scholar and translator of Bengali. He is well known for his translations of the poems, stories and plays of Tagore.

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