There are ample of books on criticism on R.N. Tagore in the book market, and now another book Recritiquing Rabibdranath Tagore by S.K. Paul and Amar Nath Prasad is now before us. Yet the question arises what purpose this book can serve to the scholars of Tagore. With the passage of time, the scales of criticism are changed according to the need of the hour and the book is edited keeping a view or reason to reexamine the book on those new scales. The two scholars Sameeran Kumar Paul and Dr. Amar Nath Prasad, the well known and well published authors have attempted to refine and to ‘critically dive into the vast ocean of the works of Ravindranath Tagore and to churn out some pearls and gems hidden beneath the surface’. Here, an utmost attempt of these two critics has been to evaluate the major works of Tagore on the basis of country’s age old Indian aesthetics, dealing with the thematic and stylistic aspects of Tagore’s oeuvres in modern perspectives.
The papers collected in the book are previously presented in seminars and conferences as well as published in different books of Indian writing in English. The topics discussed in the book are from Tagore’s best works like Gitanjali, Fruit Gathering, Chita and Some Other Place as well as the book contains critical overview of Tagore’s poems and his contribution to the south Asian studies.
The book contains seven research papers in which four research papers are contributed by S.K. Paul and the three by Amar Nath Prasad The first paper, ‘A Panoramic View of Rabindranath Tagore’s Poems and his poetic sensibility’ by S.K. Paul exhibits almost all the aspects of Tagore’s poetry. Specially, his visions of Indian philosophy and Indian life are worth noticing. The second paper ‘Symbolism in Tagore’s Gitanjali by Amar Nath Prasad searches strains of symbolism in the poetry collection Gitanjali’. Prasad under different points discusses the images of vessel, flute / lyre / harp / vina / music flower / garment, ornament / dust / darkness / shroud, silent steps, beautiful woman and journey / voyage / travel in a graphic and critical way. In the third paper ‘Rabindranath Tagore: A Critical overview of His poetic achievements’ drawing references from the personal life of Tagore illustrates Togere’s, Dr. Paul illustrates and justifies the universality of Togore’s poetry in all the ages. The fourth paper ‘Tagor’s Fruit gathering: A work of symbolic exuberances’ again searches symbolism in Tagore’s Fruit Gatherings under different headings of fruit and flower, door, unheard melody sailor / traveler and lamp wherein Dr. Prasad has observed the various images which difuse the aroma of age old Indian tradition and culture unlike the metaphysical poets. The fifth paper ‘Rabindranath Tagore’s Prose and Drama: An Evaluation of his literary contribution to south Asian studies’ by S. K. Paul evaluates Tagore’s career as dramatist and actor. This paper deals Tagore’s prose and drama with comprehensive chronological details. The six paper, ‘Tagore’s Chitra: A minor of music and metaphoric structure by Dr. Prasad is a vivid explication of Chitra the loveliest drama and a lyrical feast’. The longest and last article of the book entitled ‘an essay on the personality and literary attitude of Rabindranath Tagore: An overview of his Fictional Prose’ by S.K. Paul deals with multidimensional personality and approach of Tagore. This article is written in a peculiar style and is well referenced too.
To sum up, reading the book provides more sense to the scholars of R. N. Tagore as well as completes the knowledge of a new scholar. Therefore, it becomes a must read to all the article and scholar, who wish to illumine their minds with, the critical gleanings of Tagore.