The later life of Rabindranath Tagore
was marked by chronic pain and extended ill health, while Tagore's works took to more heavily emphasizing an exploration of the nature of death.
Last works of 1932-1937
Tagore's international travels also sharpened his opinion that human divisions were shallow. During a May 1932 visit to a Bedouin
encampment in the Iraqi
desert, the tribal chief told him that "Our prophet has said that a true Muslim is he by whose words and deeds not the least of his brother-men may ever come to any harm ..." Tagore noted in his diary: "I was startled into recognizing in his words the voice of essential humanity."
In his last decade, Tagore compiled fifteen volumes of writings, including works of prose-poems such as Punashcha
(1932), Shes Saptak
(1935), and Patraput
(1936). He also continued his experimentations by developing prose-songs and dance-dramas, including Chitrangada
(1939), and Chandalika
(1938). He also wrote the novels Dui Bon
(1934), and Char Adhyay
(1934). Tagore also took an interest in science in his last years, writing Visva-Parichay
(a collection of essays) in 1937. He wrote on topics ranging from biology to physics, and astronomy; meanwhile, his poetry — containing extensive naturalism — underscored his respect for scientific laws. He also wove the process of science (including narratives of scientists)... Read More