Jibanananda Das

(17 February 1899 – 22 October 1954 / Barisal / Bangladesh)

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Jibanananda Das was a Bengali poet, writer, novelist and essayist. Dimly recognized during his lifetime, today Das is acknowledged as the premier poet of post-Tegorian literature in India and Bangladesh. He is considered as Bengal’s “greatest” modern poet and “best loved” poet too, his poems being regarded as "part of the Bengali consciousness on the both side of border" between India and Bangladesh. For the poets in the latter half of the twentieth century Das “has practically come to take place of Tagore . Das’s oeuvre is eclectic and resists classification under any single heading or school.

Das wrote ceaselessly but as he was an introvert and the “most alone of ... more »

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  • Rookie Debasish Mridha, M. D. (1/26/2013 8:24:00 PM)

    You are the joy of life (Jibon + Anonda= Joy of life)
    You are the best ballad in bengali mind.
    You are the defining essence of modernism
    in bengali poetry at that time.
    Today, tomorrow and for ever
    Every moment we will and we are
    shairing your moments of sorrow and moments of joy.
    Dr. Mridha.

  • Gold Star - 4,503 Points Sayeed Abubakar (5/23/2012 6:49:00 AM)

    He is the Yeats of Bangladesh.

  • Rookie Roro Sarkar (6/11/2011 10:48:00 AM)

    It's sad that Das has never won the recognition his talent deserves world-wide. Apart from being among the most gifted expressionists of the last hundred years, his best work also had elements of seething anger and ruthless destruction of the like almost unmatched for the last hundred years. It only adds to his obscurity that his poetry is almost intranslatable, and he must, as a result, remain as loved and honoured as he is only by the select few who speak in the same language in which he wrote.

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Best Poem of Jibanananda Das

Banalata Sen

It has been a thousand years since I started trekking the earth
A huge travel in night’s darkness from the Ceylonese waters
to the Malayan sea
I have been there too: the fading world of Vimbisara and Asoka
Even further—the forgotten city of Vidarva,
Today I am a weary soul although the ocean of life around continues to foam,
Except for a few soothing moments with Natore’s Banalata Sen.

Her hair as if the dark night of long lost Vidisha,
Her face reminiscent of the fine works of Sravasti,
When I saw her in the shadow it seemed
as if a ship-wrecked mariner ...

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