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Modernism and Tagore

Modernism and Tagore
Item Code: IDH634
Author: Abu Sayeed Ayyub
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi, Delhi
Edition: 1995
ISBN: 8172018517
Pages: 222
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
From the Back of the Book

Modernism and Tagoreis a major critical attempt that tries to evaluate Tagore's literary genius in the background of modernism which according to the author chiefly consists in a single-minded preoccupation with the body of poetry with the consequent belief in the self-sufficiency of language and in an oppressive and overwhelming consciousness of evil in the world. The author tries, following the great poet's own view of criticism, to understand the way in which the world expresses itself in the body of Tagore's poetic creation. He examines how the poet moves from romantic effusion and melancholy to the self-possessed tranquility of divine love and fro there towards Western humanism on the one hand and to a realization of the gracious aspect of the terrible on the other.

About the Author

Abu Sayeed Ayyub who started his career as a teacher of Philosophy in the Presidency College, Calcutta and in Calcutta University later joined Visva-Bharati. For ten years he edited Quest and for a while, taught at Melbourne University. Adhunikata-O-Rabindranath his first work of literary criticism in bookform was instantly recognized by scholars as a masterpiece. Winner of Rabindra Puraskar, Abu Sayeed Ayyub has authored two other volumes of critical writings in Bengali and two volumes of essays in English. His translations of Ghalib into Bengali were published in 1975.

About the Translator

Amitava Ray the Translator of the volume was educated at the University of Melbourne. Writer and researcher, he is the author of five books the latest being Blue Ponies (1994).


Preface to the First Edition 7
Preface to the Second Edition 13
The Sense of Evil and Modern Poetry 16
The Sense of Evil and Rabindranath 37
Introduction 37
Writings before Manasi 42
Manasi and Sonar Tori 45
Chitra and Kalpana 51
Kashanika and Naivedya 57
The Gitanjali period 63
Balaka 83
Poetry of the last period (Part One) 95
Poetry of the last period (Part Two) 113
Ethics and the Aesthetics of Literature 136
The Language of Poetry 153
Two Poems from the Last Phase 173
Appendix 187
Criticism by Arun Kumar Sarkar 187
Author's Reply 194
Translator's Afterword 222

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