August 24

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.