Sri Aurobindo was born in Calcutta on 15 August 1872. At the age of seven he was taken to England for his education. He studied at St. Paul's School, London, and at King's College, Cambridge. Returning to India in 1893, he worked for the next thirteen years in the Princely State of Baroda in the service of the Maharaja and as a professor in the state's college.
In 1906 Sri Aurobindo quit his post in Baroda and went to Calcutta, where he became one of the leaders of the Indian nationalist movement. As editor of the newspaper Bande Mataram, he put forward the idea of complete independence from Britain. Arrested three times for sedition or treason, he was released each time for lack of evidence.
Sri Aurobindo began the practice of Yoga in 1905. Within a few years he achieved several fundamental spiritual realisations. In 1910 he withdrew from politics and went to Pondicherry in French India in order to concentrate on his inner life and work. Over the next forty years, he developed a new spiritual path, the Integral Yoga, whose ultimate aim is the transformation of life by the power of a supramental consciousness. In 1926, with the help of his spiritual collaborator the Mother, he founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. His vision of life is presented in numerous works of prose and poetry, among the best known of which are The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga, Essays on the Gita and Savitri. Sri Aurobindo passed away on 5 December 1950.
Collected Poems comprises all of Sri Aurobindo's poetical works with the exception of (1) the epic Savitri, (2) poetic dramas, (3) most translations into verse of poetry in Sanskrit, Bengali and other languages, and (4) original poetry in Bengali and Sanskrit. Savitri is published as volumes 33 and 34 of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SRI AUROBINDO; the poetic dramas are included in volumes 3 and 4, Collected Plays and Stories; the poetic translations are included in volume 5, Translations; and the original poetry in Sanskrit and Bengali is published in volume 9, Writings in Bengali and Sanskrit.
The present volume includes all short and narrative poems in English that Sri Aurobindo published during his lifetime. It also includes all complete poems found among his manuscripts after his passing, as well as incomplete poetry that the editors thought worthy of inclusion.
The poems have been arranged in seven overlapping chronological parts, which are subdivided into sections representing different genres and states of completeness. Poems published in small books during Sri Aurobindo's lifetime have, for the most part, been kept together as published.
Sri Aurobindo worked on the poems in this volume over the course of seven decades. The first one was published in 1883, when he was ten. A number were composed or revised more than sixty years later, during the late 1940s.
|Poem Published in 1883||5|
|Song to Myrtilla||9-37|
|Poem from Manuscripts, c. 1891-1898||41-43|
|Incomplete Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1891-1892||47-48|
|Part Two: Baroda, c. 1898-1902|
|Complete Narrative Poems||65-111|
|Incomplete Narrative Poems, c. 1899-1902||145-163|
|Sonnets from manuscripts, c. 1900-1901||177-182|
|Short Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1900-19001||185-194|
|Part Three: Baroda and Bengal, c. Other Poems|
|Poem from Ahana and other Poems||201-237|
|Poem from Manuscripts, c. 1900-1906||247-261|
|Part Four: Calcutta and Chandernagore 1907-1910|
|Satirical Poem Published in 1907||267|
|Short Poems Published in 1909 and 1910||273|
|Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1909-1910||285-286|
|Narrative Poems Published in 1910||293-309|
|Poems Written in 1910 and Published||321-325|
|Part Five: Pondicherry, c. 1910-1920|
|Two Poem in Quantitative Hexameters||333-475|
|Poem from Manuscripts, c. 1912-1913||495-509|
|Incomplete Porms from Manuscripts, c. 1912-1920||519-525|
|Part Six: Baroda and Pondicherry, c. 1902-1936|
|Poems Past and Present||531-542|
|Part Seven: Pondicherry, c. 1927-1947|
|Poems Published in On Quantitative Metre||573-583|
|Sonnets from manuscripts, c. 1934-1947||593-627|
|Lyrical Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1934-1947||631-644|
|Poems Written as Metrical Experiments||649-653|
|Nonsense and "Surrealist" Verse||657-659|
|Incomplete Poems from Manuscripts, c. 1927-1947||663-681|
|Note on the Texts||689|
|Index of Titles||733|
|Index of First Lines||743|
Item Code: NAN646 Cover: Paperback Edition: 2010 Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry ISBN: 9788170589808 Language: English Size: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch Pages: 770 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 1.0 Kg