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Rabindranath Tagores Gitanjali and its critical appreciation

October 17, 2014  by: kanduri narasimha  Points: 30   Category: Arts    Views: 1091

In this article, Rabindranath Tagores essence of Gitanjali shows Gods presence to the readers of Gitanjali. Y.B.Yeats was very much aspired by Gitanjali in such a way that he could not live without reading this Gitanjali one day. So, I think that Gitanjali that every one gets pleasure and joy after reading. I present only crtical appreciation of five poems in Gitanjali.In this article, different dimensions of poet towards God are also described by the po


Rabidranath Tagore who was a great poet got famous by over all world. Many poets belong to 20th century who were very much impressed by his literature. By his inspiration so many poet learnt so many skills from his literary work. Tagore is very much inspired by nature that we can see so much element s related to nature and God.

Greatness of Rabidranath Tagore's in Gitanjali:

Rabidranath Tagore is the greatest poet, philosopher. Simply in one word that he is versatile genious. Tagore's "Gitanjali" is a wonderful poem. Y.B.Yeats who was the poet of 20th century literature. He excrepted Tagore as no other poet equals to Tagore in Europe. He also says that Tagore is a great music as in poetry. Y.B.Yeats also says that he can forget all the troubles after read one fine of his poetry. It is firmly said that Y.B.Yeats took breathe while reading Rabindranath Tagore literary work.

Critical Appreciation of Gitanjali:

"Gitanjali" is the collection of poems offerings to God . There are totally 157 poems written by Tagore. In all poems one feature to be englightened that it is merely song offering. In the first poem, poet praises God that He empties the frail vessel again and again and fill it ever with fresh life. The little flute of reed of God has carried over hills and dales. This is the poet's wish. He wishes that God has breathed through it melodies eternally new. Poet feels that touch of God which makes the poet to loss the little heart of him. Poet also says that God offers infinite gifts to the poet on his little hands.

In the second poem, poet says that God commanded him to sing for that the poet's heart would break with pride. For command of God, the poet shade tears. This makes the poet's harsh and dissonant in his life melts into one sweet harmony. Poet feels that God takes pleasure in his singing. He confesses about him that he comes before God only as a singer. Poet adheres to the idea that the edge of the for-spreading wing of his song could never reach the God's feet that the poet aspires. With the drinking of joy, as a singer he cherishes to forget himself.
Poet also says that the music of God illuminates the world. The breath of God's music runs from sky to sky. The holy stream of God's music breaks through all stony obstacles and rushes on. Poet cherishes God to join God's song, but vainly he struggles for a voice because the speech of the poet breaks not into song and he cries out baffled.

Poet wants to pure all the limbs of him living touch of God. Poet shall ever want to keep all untruths from his thoughts. That truth which has kindled the light of reasoning his mind. The poet shall ever try to drive away all evils from his heart and keep his love in flower. Poet awares that God's seat is in the inmost shrine of his heart. Poet endeavours to reveal God in his actions and make aware that God only give him strength to act.

Poet asks for a moment to sit aside by God's side. Poet wants to finish his work the afterwards. Away from the sight of God's face, poet's heart knows no rest nor respite and his work becomes an endless toil in shoreless sea of toil.
Poet describes about the summer that it has come at his window with its sighs and murmurs and the bees are plying their minstrelsy at the court of the flowering grove. Nevertheless, poet thinks that it is time to sit quite, face to face with God even put aside the work to be completed later.

Poet's vision on God:

Here the poet wants to leave his pride like his vanity dies in shame before God's sight. Here the poet addresses God as a master poet. Poet seeks God to make his life as simple and straight like a flute of reed for God to fill with music.In the eight poem, poet bothers about a child who is decked with prince's robes and jewelled with chains round his neck loses all pleasures in his play as they hampers him to play at every step even dress is also ceased him to play.Child gets fear as his address may be frayed or strained with so he keeps away from the world and is afraid even to move.Poet suggests the mother that it is no gain with her bondage of finery as it keep one shut off from the healthy dust of the earth. In addition, it robs one of the right entrance to the great fair of common human life.

Poet addresses human kind as fool and beggar. He awares the human kind as to carry their life on their own shoulders. Here the poet remembers human kind about karma(work). Poet awares also about human as beggar who to come beg at beggar's door.
Poet also suggests human kind that all their burdens to be kept on the hands of God that He can bear all and never look behind in regret. Poet also suggests that desires to be accepted as offerings by sacred love to God otherwise they become unholy. So the gifts from the desires are given on unclean hands.In the tenth poem, poet's endeavour to reach the feet of God. Poet is firmly to a notion that God's footstool where His feet rest where live the poorest, lowliest and lost. Poet tries to bow but his obeisance cannot reach down to the depth where God's feet rest among the poorest, lowliest and lost. Pride of poet cannot approach to where God's walk in the clothes of the humble among the poorest, lowliest and lost. Poet's heart tries but can never find the way to where the company with companion less among poorest, lowliest an lost.

Poet condemns the chanting and singing and telling of beads with which one worship in the lonely dark corner of a temple with doors all shut. Poet also says that God is not there before the eyes of human.According to poet, God is living there where tiller is tilling the hard ground and where the path maker is breaking stones. God is with them in sun and shower and his garment covered with dust. Poet suggests that to leave the holy mantle and even like Him come down on the dusty soil.Poet awares human kind as God himself has joyfully taken upon him the bonds of creation so He is bound with us all forever. Poet guides to human kind that to come out from their meditations and leave aside their flowers and incense to meet Him and stand by Him in toil and in sweat of their brows.

Despair of poet in quest for God:

In twelfth poem, the poet takes journey is very long. He imagines that he came out on the chariot of the first gleam of light. He pursued h is voyage through wildernesses of world leaving his track on many a star and planet. Poet thinks that it needs training to come nearest to God that the training is the most intricate which leads to the utter simplicity of a tune. Here the poet compares himself to a traveller. As a traveller, he was to knock at every alien door to come to his own. According to poet, one has to wander through the entire outer world before reach the inner most shrine at the end.Poet's quest for inner most shrine comes out in the form of question, "Oh, where?". This happens when the poet's eyes strayed for and wide before the poet shut them, at that instance poet confirms, "Here are you". Here 'you' refers to 'God'. Nevertheless, the poet's quest is not stopped that melt into tears of a thousand streams and deluge the world with the flood of the assurance, "I am".

In thirteenth poem, poet's despair once again is shown. The poet expresses his agony that he spent his days in stringing and in unstringing his instrument. Absence of God is merely shown as blossom has not opened even the wind is sighing by. Poet feels sad as he is unable to see God's face and listen to God's voice but he has only one benefit to hear God's gentle footsteps from the road before the poet's house. The poet is in agony that the long day has passed in spreading God's seat on the floor but he cannot ask God into his house, at the instance lamp has not been lit. The poet has hope to meet God but in vain.
In the fourteenth poem, poet expresses his despair as his desires are in plenty and his cry is pitiful. Though poet says that God saved him from hard refusals. Poet feels somewhat happy with this strong mercy has been wrought into his life through and through. Poet thanks to God that he is made simple and great gifts like the sky, the light, this body and the life are given to the poet which saving the poet from perils of over much desire. Whenever the poet in hurry to search his goal, poet feels that God hides himself from before of the poet. Only refusing the poet by full acceptance as worthy day by day, God, saving the poet from perils of weak and uncertain pleasure.

In the fifteenth poem, poet adheres to the idea that he is at the corner seat of God's hall to sing God's songs. Poet feels that life can only break out in tunes without a purpose. Poet wants to sing stand before God by seeking the command from while the hour strikes God's silent worship at the dark temple of midnight. Poet seeks command from God to be presence at God while in the morning air the golden harp is tuned.

In sixteenth poem, poet has had invitation into the world's festival where his life has been blessed. That festival seems to be poet's eyes have seen and his ears have heard. It is time for him to play upon his instrument, now; poet has gone all he could. Now, he has the time when to go in and see God's face to offer silent salutation?

In seventeenth poem, poet waits for love to give himself into God's hands. But, some hurdles like suchomissions with their laws and codes bind the poet so fast. Though, poet wants to evade them ever for waiting for love to give himself into the God's hands. This makes the poet to be blamed by the people, but the poet does not tolerate it even he is called as heedless. Those who call the poet in vain they have returned in anger. Poet feels that market day is over and work is all done for busy. Here market day refers to not working day. People are busy with their work the whole day. Still now, the poet waits for love to give himself into God's hands.


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