A note from Glimpses of Bengal by Rabindranath Tagore

Shazadpur 10th July 1893

All I have to say about the discussion that is going on over “silent poets” is that, though the strength of feeling may be the same in those who are silent as in those who are vocal, that has nothing to do with poetry. Poetry is not a matter of feeling, it is the creation of form.

Ideas take shape by some hidden, subtle skill at work within the poet. This creative power is the origin of poetry. Perceptions, feelings, or language, are only raw material. One may be gifted with feeling, a second with language, a third with both; but he who has as well a creative genius, alone is a poet.

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3 Responses to “A note from Glimpses of Bengal by Rabindranath Tagore”

  1. thebardonthehill Says:

    It appears to me that modern poetry tends to leave out the form and dwell only on feeling. And the reading public generally rejects it.

  2. zafar Imam Says:

    some worth reading things you have posted. very nice

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