Poem Hunter all poems of by Jibanananda Das poems. 29 poems of Jibanananda Das. Still I Rise, The Road Not I Have Seen Bengal’s Face, 3/13/ During the later half of the twentieth century, Jibanananda Das emerged as the most popular poet of. Poetry by Rabindranath Tagore and Jibanananda Das – A Comparative Study. Shaona Sengupta1, Tinni Dutta2. 1Department of Psychology West Bengal.

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He is considered one of the innovators who introduced modernist poetry to Bengali Literature, at a period when it was influenced by Rabindranath Tagore’s Romantic poetry [1].

Born in a literary family, with a schoolmaster father and a poet mother, he was raised and educated as a writer. After completing his MA degree in English at Calcutta University poe,she began an intermittent teaching career, frequently interrupted by political unrest and personal circumstances.

He published his first poem inand continued to publish poems, collections and novels throughout his life.

In the early days of the twentieth century, Jibanananda was at the forefront of efforts to come out from under the dominating influence of the romantic poetry of Rabindranath Tagore. Jibanananda Das received little attention during his lifetime, and many considered his poetry incomprehensible.

Readers, including his contemporary literary commentators, criticized his style and diction. Jibanananda broke the traditional circular structure of poetry intro-middle-endjiabnananda the pattern of logical sequence of words, lines and stanzas. The thematic connotation was often hidden under a rhythmic narrative that requires careful reading between the lines.

It is only after his death inthat a competent readership started to emerge who not only was comfortable with Jibanananda’s style and diction but also enjoyed his poetry with great pleasure. By the time his centenary was celebrated inJibanananda Das was the most popular and the most well-read poet of Bengali literature.

Jibanananda Das JD was born Febrary 17,in the small district town of Barisal, located in the south of Bangladesha part of East Bengal of the undivided India at that time. His ancestors came from the Bikrampur region of Dhaka district, from a now-extinct village called Gaupara on the banks of the river Padma.

He was an early exponent of the reformist Brahmo Samaj movement in Barisal, and was highly regarded in the town for his philanthropy. He erased the -gupta suffix from the family name as a jibansnanda of Vedic Brahmin excess, rendering the surname as Das. Jibanananda was the eldest son of his parents, and was loems by the nickname Milu. A younger brother Ashokananda Das was born inand a sister called Shuchorita in Milu fell violently ill in his childhood, and his parents feared for his life.

Kusumkumari took her ailing child and traveled to health resorts all over India, in Lucknow, Agra and Giridih. They were accompanied on these journeys by their uncle Chandranath. In JanuaryMilu, now eight years old, was admitted to the fifth grade in Brojomohon School. The delay was due to his father’s opposition to admitting children into school gengali too early an age. Milu’s childhood education was therefore sustained mostly at home, under his mother’s tutelage. His school life passed by relatively uneventfully.

Inhe successfully completed his Matriculation examination from Brojomohon, obtaining a first division in the process. He repeated the feat two years later when he passed the Intermediate exams from Brajamohan College. Evidently an accomplished student, he now left his rural Barisal to go to university in Calcuttathe teeming city at the heart of the British Raj.

Jibanananda enrolled in Presidency College, then, as now, one of the most prestigious seats of learning in India. That same year, his first poem appeared in print in the Boishakh issue of the journal Brahmobadi. Fittingly, the poem was called Borsho-abahon Arrival of the New Year.


This poem was published anonymously, with only ot honorific Sri in the byline. However, the annual index in the year-end issue of the magazine revealed his full name: Inhe completed his MA degree in English from Calcutta University, obtaining a second class degree. He also studied law. At this time, he lived in benyali Hardinge student quarters next to the university. Just before his exams, he fell ill with bacillary dysentery and this hampered his exam preparations.

The following jibananamda, he began his teaching career. He joined the English department of Calcutta’s City College as a tutor. By this time, he had given up his law studies, left Hardinge and moved to a boarding house in Harrison Road.

It is thought that he also lived in poemd house in Bechu Chatterjee Street for some time with his brother Ashokanananda, who had come up from Barisal for his MSc studies. His literary career began to take off.

This poem was later included in the collection, Jhora Palok On reading it, the poet Kalidas Roy said that he had thought the poem the work of a mature, accomplished poet hiding behind a pseudonym.

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Jibanananda’s earliest printed prose work, an obituary jibaanananda Kalimohon Das’er Sraddho-bashorey, was also published in in serialized form in Brahmobadi magazine. His poetry began to be widely published in various literary journals and little magazines in Calcutta, Dhaka and elsewhere. These included Kallol, perhaps the most famous literary magazine of the era, Kalikolom Pen and InkProgoti Progress co-edited by Buddhadeb Bose and others.

At this time, he occasionally used the surname Dasgupta instead of Das. Inhe published Jhora Palok Fallen Feathershis first collection of poems.

A few months later, Jibanananda lost his oof at City College. The college had been struck by student unrest surrounding a religious festival, and enrolment had suffered as a result.

Still in his late opems, Jibanananda was the youngest member of the faculty and therefore the most dispensable.

In the literary circle of Calcutta, he also came under serious attack, when the critic Shojonikanto Das began to write aggressive critiques of his poetry in the review pages of Shonibarer Chithi The Saturday Letter magazine. With nothing to keep him in Calcutta, Jibanananda left for the small town of Bagerhat in the far south, to continue his teaching career at Profullo Chondro College, but lasted there only about three months before returning to the big city.

He was now in dire financial straits. In order to make ends meet, he gave private tuition to students, and kept applying for full-time positions in academia. In Decemberhe moved to Delhi to take up a teaching post at Ramjosh College. This position also lasted no more than a few months.

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In his home town of Barisal, his family had been making arrangements for his marriage. Once Jibanananda arrived in Barisal, he failed to go back to Delhi porms consequently lost the job. In May,he married Labonya, a girl uibanananda ancestors came from Khulna. A daughter, called Monjusree, was born to the couple in February of the following year. Around this time, Das published one of his most controversial poems.

Camp’e At the Camp in Sudhindranath Dutta’s Porichoy magazine and immediately caused a firestorm in literary circles. The poem’s ostensible subject was a deer hunt by moonlight.

Many accused Jibanananda of promoting indecency and incest through this poem. More and more, he turned in secrecy, to the short story format. Inhe wrote the series of poems that would form the basis of the collection called Ruposhi Bangla.

These poems were not discovered during od lifetime and Ruposhi Bangla was only published inthree years after his death. InJibanananda, by now familiar with professional disappointment and poverty, returned to his alma mater, Brajamohan College as a lecturer in the English department. Jibanananda’s work featured in the very first issue of the magazine, bwngali poem called Mrittu’r Aagey ‘ ‘ Before Death.


Upon reading the magazine, Tagore wrote a lengthy letter to Bose and especially commended the Das poem, saying, Jibanananda Das’ poejs, colorful poem has given me great pleasure. Today, this eighteen-line poem is among the most famous poems in the language.

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The following year, his second volume of poetry, Dhushor Pandulipi, was published. Jibanananda was by now well settled in Barisal. A son Samarananda was born in November, His impact in the world of Bengali literature continued to increase. InTagore compiled a poetry anthology entitled Bangla Kabbyo Porichoy Introduction to Bengali Poetry and included an abridged version of Mrittu’r Aagey, the same poem that had moved him three years ago.

Another important anthology came out inedited by Abu Sayeed Ayub and Hirendranath Mukhopadhyay; Jibanananda was represented with four poems: Injibananamda same year that his father died, his third volume of poetry Banalata Sen was published under the aegis of Kobita Bhabon and Buddhadeb Bose.

A ground-breaking modernist poet in his own right, Bose was a steadfast champion of Jibanananda’s poetry, providing him with numerous platforms for publication. Moha Prithibi bengail published in ; jibanannada Second World War had had a profound impact on Jibanananda’s poetic vision. The following year, Jibanananda provided his own translations of several of his poems for an English anthology to be published under the title Modern Bengali Poems.

The editor Debiprasad Chattopadhyay considered these translations to be sub-standard, and instead commissioned Martin Kirkman to translate four of Jibanananda’s poems for the book. In the aftermath of the war, demands for Indian independence heightened. Muslim politicians led by Jinnah wanted an independent homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent. Bengal was uniquely vulnerable bejgali partition; its ras half was majority-Hindu, its eastern half majority-Muslim.

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Yet adherents of both religions spoke the jibananqnda language, came from the same ethnic stock, and lived in close proximity to each other in town and village. Jibanananda had emphasized the need for communal harmony at an early stage in his first book Jhora Palok, which included a poem called Hindu Musalman. In the summer ofDas traveled to Calcutta from Barisal on three months’ paid leave, and stayed at his brother Ashokananda’s house through the bloody riots that swept the city. Just before partition in August,Jibanananda quit his job at Brajamohan College and said goodbye to his beloved Barisal.

He and his family were among the refugees who took part in the largest cross-border exchange of peoples in history. For a jibanananra he worked for a magazine called Swaraj as its Sunday editor, but left the job after a few months. Inhe completed two of his novels, Mallyaban and Shutirtho, neither of which were discovered jinanananda his life.

Shaat’ti Tarar Timir was published in December The same month, his mother Kusumkumari Das passed away in Calcutta. By now, Das was well-established in the Calcutta literary world. He was appointed to the editorial board of yet another new literary magazine, Dondo Conflict. However, in a reprise of his early career, he was iibanananda from his job at Ppems College in February of InSignet Press published Banalata Sen.