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Stray Birds   By: (1861-1941)

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Stray Birds by Rabindranath Tagore is a beautiful collection of poetic verses that takes readers on a introspective journey through life's various dimensions.

This book consists of loosely connected poetic thoughts and reflections that encapsulate the core essence of the human experience. Tagore's words are like gentle whispers that touch the reader's soul, prompting profound contemplation about the deeper meanings and questions that exist in our lives.

The verses in Stray Birds cover a wide range of themes, including love, spirituality, nature, and the intricacies of the human mind. Tagore's ability to capture the essence of these topics in such concise yet powerful lines is truly exceptional. Each verse bears a significant message, encouraging readers to delve into their own introspection and explore their connection with the world around them.

What truly sets Stray Birds apart is the simplicity and elegance of Tagore's writing style. His words flow like a tranquil stream, yet hold immense depth and meaning. The brevity of the verses adds to their impact, as Tagore skillfully condenses profound insights into just a few lines.

Another noteworthy aspect of Stray Birds is the way Tagore effortlessly blends together various aspects of life. Love and nature intertwine seamlessly, reflecting the interconnectedness of our existence. His verses also transcend cultural and social boundaries, making them relevant and relatable to readers from all walks of life.

Throughout the book, Tagore's spiritual wisdom shines through. He explores the mysteries of life, urging readers to seek inner peace and enlightenment. His words encourage us to embrace the beauty in the simplest of things, to cherish the present moment, and to find solace in the wonders of nature.

Overall, Stray Birds is a poetic masterpiece that captivates the heart and mind. Tagore's profound insights and awe-inspiring imagery leave a lasting impression, inviting readers to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Whether you are a poetry enthusiast or simply seeking a source of inspiration, this book will undoubtedly touch your soul and illuminate the beauty that resides within.

First Page:

Stray Birds

By Rabindranath Tagore

[translated from Bengali to English by the author]

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916

[Frontispiece in color by Willy Pogány]

To T. HARA of Yokohama

1 Stray birds of summer come to my window to sing and fly away. And yellow leaves of autumn, which have no songs, flutter and fall there with a sigh.

2 O troupe of little vagrants of the world, leave your footprints in my words.

3 The world puts off its mask of vastness to its lover. It becomes small as one song, as one kiss of the eternal.

4 It is the tears of the earth that keep her smiles in bloom.

5 The mighty desert is burning for the love of a blade of grass who shakes her head and laughs and flies away.

6 If you shed tears when you miss the sun, you also miss the stars.

7 The sands in your way beg for your song and your movement, dancing water. Will you carry the burden of their lameness?

8 Her wistful face haunts my dreams like the rain at night.

9 Once we dreamt that we were strangers. We wake up to find that we were dear to each other.

10 Sorrow is hushed into peace in my heart like the evening among the silent trees.

11 Some unseen fingers, like idle breeze, are playing upon my heart the music of the ripples.

12 "What language is thine, O sea?"

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