“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” -Rabindranath Tagore
“ Rabindrath Tagore- he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain largely unknown outside Bengal”
Word painting: what image is created; when you listen, what do you see?
Say the phrase two or three times, how is the person expressing the idea/ feeling? How can you tell? What words require shape in the actual illustration?
Could there be a metaphor inside the following: “sunset sky”
Remember that for poetry to “work” it must be accessible on two levels; first as an actual literal read through- where we imagine the evening of a day and the sky- what colours, what energy, what may have cleared in the air?
The second level requires a second reading, this time as figurative or metaphorical speech; when do writers speak of clouds? What else may clouds symbolize? What is the writer saying about these clouds?
Please remember that when as readers we interpret poetry, we are offering suggestions relating to the author’s writing- we are relating to the words, and the images the words suggest, but we can’t be definite – our “guesses” relate to feelings, and poetry captures emotions…
Now, read it once more. Has knowing anything about the author helped in understanding the poem? Why might the writing be deemed “magical”?
–Science- recall what are clouds- how may clouds add colour?
Please illustrate the image twice- First as a literal image- what colour are “regular” clouds – and an evening sky…
Second illustration: please share how you would like to interpret the words via painting, drawing, chalk, etc.
Would love to see any images created! Thank you 🙂