How Tagore Won the Nobel
Tagore wrote many poems while in seclusion on his houseboat – giving the word “vessel” – which is often used in Gitanjali to refer to the human body – an added layer of meaning.
On the day when death will knock at thy door what wilt thou offer to him?
Oh, I will set before my guest the full vessel of my life — I will never let him go with empty hands.
All the sweet vintage of all my autumn days and summer nights, all the earnings and gleanings of my busy life will I place before him at the close of my days when death will knock at my door.