Rabindranath Tagore's Journey To The West

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Rabindranath Tagore was one who awakened the West to the knowledge of the East in an era when England was steeped in imperialistic designs. The Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 came as a surprise to Tagore as much as it did to the world. In this paper I shall analyse the factors that influenced the flowering of the creative genius of Tagore and the fickleness of fortune that brought a serious blow to his reputation. I shall first throw light on the factors that influenced his creative writing and then proceed to his journey to the West, the possible reasons of the rise and fall of his reputation and in the end briefly discuss his place in the literary world today. Tagore 's language of literary creation truly was Bengali-the sweetness of the diction, the simplicity of emotion could alone be rendered in his mother tongue. The translation of Gitanjali into English was not with an intention but it just happened when due to ill health he was on his way to England. He received wide spread applause from the West which was followed by the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. But soon after this, there was a sudden and sharp decline in his reputation in the West. Towards the end of the twentieth century once again there has been a definite increase in his reading public.In this era of Globalisation ,we still are seeking the values of peace and harmony in the world that been voiced in his works. Key Words Reputation, response,criticism Rabindranath Tagore and
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