Shesh Lekha: The Last Poems of Rabindranath Tagore is not only the last testament of Tagore, but is significant in many other ways.
Most of these untitled poems were literally written on his death bed.
Word-wizardry was always one of Tagore’s strongest appeals, but in Shesh Lekha it touches a point of mystifyingly subtle communication. The language is bare, the imagery striking, and the expression Spartan.
They mark a radical departure from the previous lyricism of Tagore’s poetry, and are enigmatic, mystical and painfully beautiful in their simplicity.
The depth of dual meaning imparts an enigmatic quality to these poems. The poet seems to just hint at the meaning; it is up to the reader to interpret the fine nuances and create their own poem.
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