Rabindranath Tagore ~ Bronze
Artist ~ Unknown.
This bust of the Indian nationalist and Nobel Prize winning poet “GURUDEV” Rabindranath Tagore, was unveiled on the 17th October 2011 to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.
The bust was unveiled at St. Stephen’s Green by Mr. Eamon Gilmore, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Ireland. & Mrs. Prennet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs. India. This is the first Non-Irish statue unveiled in Stephen’s Green Park.
Irish Poet W. B. Yeats was his close friend and who translated Gitanjali into English.
Rabindranath Tagore was a great poet, author and had made an immense contribution to Indian literature and music. He became the first non-European Nobel laureate by earning the 1913 Prize in Literature.
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.”
Verse 292, Stray Birds, 1916.
Below is an English translation of the final poem written by Tagore just two weeks before he died.
“I’m lost in the middle of my birthday.
I want my friends,
with the earth’s last love.
I will take life’s final offering,
I will take the human’s last blessing.
Today my sack is empty.
I have given completely
whatever I had to give.
In return if I receive anything –
some love, some forgiveness –
then I will take it with me
when I step on the boat that crosses
to the festival of the wordless end.”