Gitanjali 35

By Rabindranath Tagore 1861–1941 Rabindranath Tagore
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 walls;
   Where 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.

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Poet Rabindranath Tagore 1861–1941

POET’S REGION Asia, South

Subjects Heroes & Patriotism, Social Commentaries

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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A native of Calcutta, India, who wrote in Bengali and often translated his own work into English, Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 — the first Asian to receive the honor. He wrote poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and songs; promoted reforms in education, aesthetics and religion; and in his late sixties he even turned to the visual arts, producing 2,500 paintings and drawings before his death.

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SUBJECT Heroes & Patriotism, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION Asia, South

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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