Co-Hosts - Ahavati & JohnnyBlaze
Part XXXVI in an ongoing series introducing serious writers of DUP to the most well-known poets, both classical and modern. Rabindranath Tagore ( born Robindronath Thakur, 7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941 ) was a Bengali polymath who went on to become a Nobel Prize-winning poet. He played a leading role in Indian cultural renaissance and came to be recognized, along with Mohandas Gandhi, as one of the architects of modern India.
Although Tagore prioritized poetry, he also made notable contributions to literature as a dramatist, novelist, short story writer, and writer of nonfictional prose, especially essays, criticism, philosophical treatises, journals, memoirs, and letters. In addition, he expressed himself as musician, painter, actor-producer-director, educator, patriot, and social reformer.
Referring to the variety and abundance of Tagore’s creative output, Buddhadeva Bose declared in An Acre of Green Grass, “It would be trite to call him versatile; to call him prolific very nearly funny.” Bose added, “The point is not that his writings run into a hundred thousand pages of print, covering every form and aspect of literature, though this matters: he is a source, a waterfall, flowing out in a hundred streams, a hundred rhythms, incessantly.”
On his 70th birthday, in an address delivered at the university he founded in 1918, Rabindranath Tagore said: “I have, it is true, engaged myself in a series of activities. But the innermost me is not to be found in any of these. At the end of the journey I am able to see, a little more clearly, the orb of my life. Looking back, the only thing of which I feel certain is that I am a poet (ami kavi).”
For more about Rabindranath Tagore, visit
- Write a new
Poem honoring Tagore inspired by only one of his poems.
- While you are allowed a maximum of 2 entries, only the best of your entries is considered viable for the trophy.
- Do your best to make us feel as though we are reading poetry by Tagore. The more we feel you "capturing his essence" in "your own words" , the higher you will score. This scoring will involve choice of wording, delivery, subject material, formatting, target audience - a wide range of factors.
What is the "essence" we are looking for? It will be a combination of the poet's personality, emotional investment, and message delivered in the inspiration poem you chose. The Rules
1. Two entries per DUP persona allowed. Keep this thread clean of everything but entries until after the awards announcement is made. Comment on entries directly to the member's page if you feel moved to. Post any questions or concerns about the comp in the Classic Corner Discussion thread @ https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/speakeasy/read/10855/
2. No extreme erotica; this is open to all ages and can't be viewed with an ECW ( Extreme Content Warning ).
3. No exact word limit; however, attempt to keep it no more than 250 - 300.
4. Any form is acceptable ( but studying the poet is advised ). While we accept Spoken Word and Visual Poems, please include a text version in your submissions.
5. You MUST tag your entries with the theme #RabindranathTagore. If the theme is currently not available, be sure to add it before the competition expires.
6. In your poem's Author Notes box, provide a title and a direct link to the one poem by Tagore that inspired yours
. Without such, we have no way of determining if you were truly inspired by Tagore or simply swapped fresh words into his existing poetry ( which is a form of plagiarism ). This is a requirement regardless if you include a copy of the inspiration poem along with your entry or borrow its title. Failure to not include this information will automatically disqualify your entry
7. You may edit your entry up until the moment the competition closes and is locked for judging. In fact, we highly encourage you take a few minutes to review your entry to ensure that it is error free in terms of spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and adheres to these guidelines.
Comp will be judged by Ahavati & JohnnyBlaze. As in the past and in the event there is a tie, we will call in third ( and possibly fourth ) judge.
You have one month; best of luck to all entrants!