Crossing was first published in 1918, along with Lover’s Gift. It consists of seventy-four poems, which are mainly religious.
Many of the translations in Crossing are transcreations and paraphrases of the original. Poems come from Naivedya (1907), Kheya (1906), Gitanjali (1910), Gitimalya (1914) and Gitali (1914).
The sources are varied and different in form and structure, with the last three being song collections. The robust, sonnet-like structure of many Naivedya poems are significantly different from the mellow rhythm of Kheya. But they all show Tagore’s subtle handling of words – trying to express the inexpressible.
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