Sunday, 30 September 2012

-         Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, a poet, playwright, novelist, painter and a musician, is a perfect embodiment of art itself.

Tagore, in the later stage of his life, believed that language is never complete to express the fullness of thoughts of an artist. Hence besides writing, painting became his medium of expression. However, Tagore is well known for his literary works to which the Noble prize was awarded (for Gitanjali).

Strong Mercy is one of Tagore’s many poems from Gitanjali, a compilation of poems foreworded by English’s well known poet W.B. Yeats. The poem is supposed to be a contrastive analysis of man’s nature against the nature of God. While God is full of mercy, man on the other hand is desirous and passionate towards things that can take him away from God. But Tagore opines that the more the man walks away from Him, His mercies are stronger still, to bring him back onto His track.

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