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The Vanished Flowers of a Hundred Years Before

August 27, 2010

Rabindranath Tagore: poet, novelist, musician, painter, playwright and Nobel Prize in Literature winner who reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

I just happened to read this excerpt from a Rabindranath Tagore poem called “The Gardener.” The brilliant Bengali writer wrote it in 1915, which is ninety-five years ago. In it, Tagore speaks to a future reader, one who will read the poem a hundred years after he wrote it. That would be me.

Who are you, reader, reading my poems a hundred years hence?
I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds.
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