Tagore’s Poetry in English Translation By Dr. Md. Abu Zafor
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Rabindranath Tagore’s poems began to appear in English translation in the first decade of the twentieth century. Tagore’s self-translated Nobel winning Gitanjali: Song Offerings, which contains prose translations of a collection of 103 poems translated from his nine different Bengali works, was first published in 1912. Before 1912 the only published work that included some translations of Tagore’s poems is Echoes from East and West.1That Tagore himself played a significant role in translating his poems is well-known. For more than a decade he almost single-handedly translated his poems. Translations by other translators began to appear in print from 1922. The colonial phase of the 20th century (till 1947) produced at least twelve translated works from his Bengali poems, out of which six were by Tagore himself. Between 1948 and 2011 more.
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