Anh cua Nguyen Ngoc Danh
my child, like the fond arms of love.
like a kiss of blessing.
whisper in your ear, when you are in the crowd
it will fence you about with aloofness.
it will transport your heart to the verge of the unknown.
when dark night is over your road.
and will carry your sight into the heart of things.
my song will speak in your living heart.
Rabindranath Tagore, 1851-1941
He is the most revered Indian writer of modern literature. A poet, a novelist, and an educator, Tagore also became a painter late in life. He was a composer and set many of his poems to music. Born into a political family Tagore was an advocate of independence for India. Internationally acclaimed, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Although he wrote his most important works in Bengali, he often translated his poems into English.