Rabindranath Tagore: Final Poems

Rabindranath Tagore, Author, Wendy Barker, Selected by, Saranindranath Tagore, Selected by
Rabindranath Tagore, Author, Wendy Barker, Selected by, Saranindranath Tagore, Selected by George Braziller $22.5 (71p) ISBN 978-0-8076-1488-4
Reviewed on: 10/01/2001
Release date: 10/01/2001
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Rabindranath Tagore's poetry is notoriously difficult to transport intact from Bengali to English, even when the poet himself was doing the translating. Yet in a new selection of Tagore's Final Poems, written as the poet anticipated death (which came in 1941), Wendy Barker (Way of Whiteness) and Saranindranath Tagore, a great-nephew of Rabindranath and professor of philosophy at the National University of Singapore, have succeeded wonderfully. The collection is padded with the translators' long preface and introduction, but the 50-odd pages of poems are rife with hard clarity: ""Sorrow's dark night over and over/ has come to my door./ Its only visible weapons / pain's deformed poses, fear's monstrous forms / play out their deceptions in darkness."" (Nov.)
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