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Stylistic Analysis of Tagore’s Song Offerings in Gitanjali

Sukanya Saha

Asst. Professor, Dept. of EFL, SRM University, Kattankulathur Campus, Tamilnadu. India. Email: sukanya182002@yahoo.co.in

Volume 2, Number 1, 2017 I Full Text PDF

Article DOI:  10.21659/bp.v1n3.s207

Abstract

Gitanjali is a collection of 103 English poems by Rabindranath Tagore. Originally written in Bengali, Gitanjali means “prayer offering of song”. Gitanjali is a very inviting and engaging text in many ways. It is Tagore’s ponderings over the relationship between humans and the Divine. The core of these songs is the divinity-devotee relationship and each poem in a unique way communicates how God is the center of the poet’s inspiration. The poet’s goal is to unite with the Lord, for the Lord has given him the gift of life and all that he has. He would sing in his glory and keep himself pure for the Lord. The present paper analyses certain prominent linguistic features in these songs and explains their significance. The author uses the tools of stylistic analysis to interpret and understand the specific linguistic choices Tagore made to narrate the conversation between the lord and the devotee and express his unfathomable devotion to God.

Keywords: Tagore, Gitanjali, song offerings, stylistic analysis, sentence structure

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