Described by Rabindranath Tagore as ‘revelations of my true self’, the poems and songs of Gitanjali established the writer’s literary talent worldwide. They include eloquent sonnets such as the famous ‘Where the mind is without fear’, and poems that are intense explorations of love, faith and nature, and tender evocations of childhood.
William Radice’s new translation renders with beauty and precision the poetic rhythm and intensity of the Bengali originals. In his arrangement of Tagore’s original sequence of poems alongside his translations, Radice restores to Gitanjali the structure, style and conception that were hidden by W.B. Yeats’s edition of 1912, making this book a magnificent addition to the Tagore library.