The opening poem sets the scene with delicate, colourful, fragrant and musical imagery, which are motives throughout the whole collection.
The translation and paraphrases as Tagore refers to them in the preface is masterfully done with an exquisite use of the English language. It is so effortlessly executed that the translation nearly seems at home in its Bengali culture. The sequence of the 85 poems moves from two people of different classes falling in love and arranging their lives to be closer to each other within their social hierarchy.
They slowly grow closer and closer and their love blossoms. The narrative continue through their eventual parting either through death or deceit , settling in the end with the unforgettable presence that true love leaves on the one that is left behind. The gardener from the beginning ended up wandering the world and in the end settles to becoming an ascetic.
Poem number 34 is the point in the sequence where the cracks have started to show, and the fear of loss sets in. The omens have gradually creeped into the storyline, and the immediately following poems show the insecurity of the one lover who is anxious to admit her true feelings for fear of being laughed or belittled.
The current poem is therefore the tenderest of the sequence and in reading the complete collection of poems makes this moment the most touching. Do Not Go, My Love, without asking my leave.
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