Tagore’s Dark Vision of Humanity

Authors

  • Alok BHALLA Professor Department of English Ambedkar University Delhi

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2013.1.1.91-104

Keywords:

Rabindranath Tagore, skepticism, dark-vision, civilization, beauty, Tolstoy

Abstract

Tagore struggled against his dark vision of humanity to assert that the earth was a place of hierophanies and human life had a divine purpose. He failed. He called, with skepticism, for peace, equality and the restoration of earth’s loveliness: “I know I am crying in the wilderness, when I raise my voice of warning…” In a war-haunted and hungry Europe and Asia, he was confronted by a strange, cruel, and obstinately tribal world with its “legacy of ruin.” Though he asserted till his death in 1940 that he could never “commit the grievous sin of losing faith in man,” he could not turn away from “the crumbling ruins of … civilization….”

 

 

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Author Biography

Alok BHALLA, Professor Department of English Ambedkar University Delhi

Professor of Englsih

Ambedkar University

Delhi India

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Published

30.04.2013

How to Cite

BHALLA, A. (2013). Tagore’s Dark Vision of Humanity. Asian Studies, 1(1), 91–104. https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2013.1.1.91-104

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Modern Indian Culture: Continuity and Change