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Collected Poems

 

AVAILABLE EDITIONS:

Sri Aurobindo Birth Century Library: Set in  30  volumes.- Vol. 5

Sri Aurobindo Birth Century Library: Set in 30 volumes.- Volume 5.- Collected Poems.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Asram, 1972.- 625 p.

 

The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo: set in  37  volumes. Vol. 2

The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo: Set in 37 volumes.- Vol. 2.- Collected Poems.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2009.- 751 p.- ISBN 81-7058-496-5

   

Sri Aurobindo Birth Century Library
Set in  30  volumes
Volume 5

— ALL BOOK IN A SINGLE FILE

 

 

PDF-file (Sri Aurobindo. Collected Poems.- First edition 1972; Fifth impression 1994.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1994.- 631 p.- ISBN 81-7058-016-1)

 

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Notes and Indexes

Note on this e-publication

 
Bibliographical Note

 

Index of titles

 

Index of first lines

 

I. Short Poems

Short Poems 1890-1900

Songs to Myrtilla

1

Perfect thy motion

1

Phaethon

1

To a Hero-Worshipper

1

Estelle

1

O Coil, Coil

1

Hic Jacet

1

Lines on Ireland

1

Charles Stewart Parnell

1

Night by the Sea

1

A Thing Seen

1

The Lover's Complaint

1

Love in Sorrow

1

The Island Grave

1

Bankim Chandra Chatterji

1

Saraswati with the Lotus

1

Goethe

1

The Lost Deliverer

1

Madhusudan Dutt

1

Envoi

1

The Spring Child

1

Since I have seen your face

1

Euphrosyne

1

The Nightingale

1

Song

1

Epigram

1

The Three Cries of Deiphobus

1

Epitaph

1

A Doubt

1

Perigune Prologuises
(Perigone Prologuises — in CWSA)

1

Short Poems 1895-1908

Invitation

1

Who

1

Reminiscence

1

A Vision of Science

1

Immortal Love

1

To the Sea

1

The Sea at Night

1

Evening

1

Revelation

1

A Tree

1

A Child's Imagination

1

Miracles

1

The Vedantin's Prayer

1

On the Mountains

1

Rebirth

1

Seasons

1

The Triumph-Song of Trishuncou

1

The Fear of Death

1

Life and Death

1

In the Moonlight

1

Parabrahman

1

God

1

Short Poems 1902-1930

The Mother of Dreams

1

The Birth of Sin

1

Epiphany

1

To R.

1

The Rakshasas

1

Kama

1

Kamadeva

1

The Mahatmas

1

The Meditations of Mandavya

1

Hell and Heaven

1

Life

1

Short Poems 1930-1950

A God's Labour

1

Bride of the Fire

1

The Blue Bird

1

The Mother of God

1

The Island Sun

1

Silence is all

1

Is this the end
(The End? — in CWSA)

1

Who art thou that camest

1

One Day

1

The Dwarf Napoleon

1

The Children of Wotan

1

Despair on the Staircase

1

Surrealist

1

Short Poems – Fragments

Morcundeya
(O Will of God — in CWSA)

1

A voice arose

1

I walked beside the waters

1

Urvasie
(Pururavus — in CWSA)

1

The Cosmic Man

1

II. Sonnets

Sonnets – Early Period

To the Cuckoo

1

Transiit, non Periit

1

What is this talk

1

To weep because a glorious sun

1

I have a hundred lives

1

Sonnets – 1930–1950

The Kingdom Within

1

The Yogi on the Whirlpool

1

The Divine Hearing

1

Electron

1

The Indwelling Universal

1

The Witness Spirit

1

The Pilgrim of the Night

1

The Hidden Plan

1

The Inconscient

1

Liberation [1]

1

Cosmic Consciousness

1

The Golden Light

1

Life-Unity

1

Bliss of Identity

1

The Iron Dictators

1

Form

1

The Infinite Adventure

1

The Greater Plan

1

The Universal Incarnation

1

The Godhead

1

The Stone Goddess

1

Krishna

1

The Cosmic Dance

1

Shiva

1

The Word of the Silence

1

The Dual Being

1

The Self's Infinity

1

Lila

1

Surrender

1

The Divine Worker

1

The Guest

1

The Inner Sovereign

1

The Conscious Inconscient
(Creation — in CWSA)

1

A Dream of Surreal Science

1

In the Battle

1

The Little Ego

1

The Miracle of Birth

1

Moments

1

The Bliss of Brahman

1

The Human Enigma
(Man the Enigma — in CWSA)

1

The Body

1

Liberation [2]

1

Light

1

The Unseen Infinite

1

Self

1

The Cosmic Spirit

1

"I"

1

Omnipresence

1

The Inconscient Foundation

1

Adwaita

1

The Hill-Top Temple

1

Because Thou art

1

Divine Sight

1

Divine Sense

1

Immortality

1

Man, the Despot of Contraries

1

Evolution [1]

1

The Silver Call

1

The Inner Fields

1

Sonnets – Undated

Transformation

1

Nirvana

1

The Other Earths

1

Contrasts

1

Man, the Thinking Animal

1

The Dumb Inconscient
(Man the Mediator — in CWSA)

1

The Infinitesimal Infinite

1

Evolution [2]

1

The One Self

1

Our godhead calls us
(The Call of the Impossible — in CWSA)

1

Discoveries of Science I
(Discoveries of Science — in CWSA)

1

Discoveries of Science II
(The Ways of the Spirit — in CWSA)

1

Discoveries of Science III
(Science and the Unknowable — in CWSA)

1

III. Longer Poems

The Vigil of Thaliard

1

Urvasie

1

Love and Death

1

A Letter of the Author on Love and Death

1

Khaled of the Sea

1

Author Note on Baji Prabhou

1

Baji Prabhou

1

The Rishi

1

Chitrangada

1

Uloupie

1

The Tale of Nala

1

IV. On Quantitative Metre

On Quantitative Metre

2

V. Ilion

Ilion

1

Ahana

1

The Descent of Ahana

1

An Answer to a Criticism

3

VI. Poems in New Metres

Ocean Oneness

1

Trance of Waiting

1

Flame-Wind

1

The River

1

The Dream Boat

1

The Witness and the Wheel

1

Descent

1

The Lost Boat

1

Renewal

1

Soul's Scene

1

Ascent. The Silence

1

Ascent. Beyond the Silence

1

The Tiger and the Deer

1

Soul in the Ignorance

1

Journey's End

1

The Bird of Fire

1

Trance

1

Shiva, The Inconscient Creator

1

The Life Heavens

1

Jivanmukta

1

In Horis Aeternum

1

Notes

1

Thought the Paraclete

1

Moon of Two Hemispheres

1

Rose of God

1

Notes

1

Musa Spiritus

1

Krishna

1

The World Game

1

Symbol Moon

1

O pall of black Night

1

A strong son of lightning

1

An Image

1

Hail to the Fallen

1

In a mounting as of sea-tides

1

The Death of a God

1

Soul, my soul

1

Fragments

In the silence of midnight
(In the silence of the midnight — in CWSA)

1

Seer deep-hearted

1

Death and the Traveller Fire
(The Inconscient and the Traveller Fire — in CWSA)

1

Torn are the walls

1

The Fire-King and the Messenger

1

Silver foam

1

Vast-winged the wind

1

Tiresias
(Sole in the meadows of Thebes — in CWSA)

1

Oh ye Powers

1

God to thy greatness

1

VII. Metrical Experiments

1. [Winged with dangerous deity]

1

2. [Outspread a Wave burst...]

1

3. [In a flaming as of spaces]

1

4. [O life, thy breath is but a cry to the Light]

1

5. [To the hill-tops of silence from over the infinite sea]

1

6. [Oh, but fair was her face as she lolled...]

1

7. [In the ending of time, in the sinking of space]

1

8. [On the grey street, on the lagging winding waters]

1

9. [In some faint dawn]

1

Note on this e-publication

During the history of publication of Sri Aurobindo’s works, their texts were modified here and there – sometimes by elementary misprints, but more often because of the hard work of editors, who:

(1) discovered and encrypted unprinted manuscripts or their parts (this was a best part of what they could do);

(2) corrected previous misprints or unsound modifications (a sound part of their work);

(3) corrected Sri Aurobondo’s factual or grammatical inexactnesses or mistakes or grammatical characteristics (i.e. s / z) (what would be appropriate only in footnotes, but not in the text itself);

(4) made innumerable “improvements” of the texts, when original words were replaced by more “appropriate” ones; articles changed most freely; the tenses of verbs and the singular and plural of nouns were often modified (and all these “improvements” deform in some degree – even if in hardly notable – the meaning, intonation, nuance, manner, style and therefore are inadmissible; and, after all, we need Sri Aurobindo’s words, not editor’s);

(5) combined  (using sometimes invented insertions or modifying texts) different texts (or some parts of them) as if it were one solid work (this also deforms meaning and context of originals and often brings strange feeling when one style or tone is strangely jumped to another. It would be too licentious even in someone’s work based on Sri Aurobindo’s writings, but it is absolutely inadmissible in a book pretended to be a collection of HIS works);

(6) cut off parts of the texts (especially of the letters) under pretext that they are not of “general interest” – although, rather, to fit the remains to a subject of a book or its section (and this is the most disgusting spoilage and uncorrectable and grievous loss).

So now we have Sri Aurobondo’s works with varied places – when one of variants, perhaps, is authentic, while other – not quite. May be some day we will see realy Complite Works of Sri Aurobindo without prenominate defects. But now, what can we do, when we have not originals at hand to check alternatives against them?

(1) Sometimes we can correct situation No 5 – i.e. separate different texts, joined together.

(2) Sometimes we can correct situation No 6 – whenever we find full version, we can provide fragment of the text by footnote with full version or even replace this fragment by full version.

(3) We can evince most of the cases of situations Nos  3 and 4. For this purpose we compared the texts of different editions and provide differing places with appropriate footnotes in our files. (By the way, this symbol by symbol comparison allowed us also to avoid misprints of scanning and OCR procedures.) And when this comparison does not make us sure which variant is authentic, we, at least, become aware of the fact and details of such variations.

To distinguish numerous footnotes of this kind we used special style: (1) colour of numbers of footnotes are dark red; (2) when cursor is placed over differing piece, its background is changed to light red (also it allows readers to compare easily differing place in a text with a pop-up hint that contains alternative variant).

During this comparison, to avoid overloading of the texts by footnotes, we ignored differences of register, punctuation, paragraphs, variants of languages or transliterations of the same word (for example, in one edition the word is printed in English transliteration, in another – in Devanagari), sometimes – variants of proper names (especially solid or separate spelling). Also we did not made any footnotes in cases of distinct misprints — just corrected them.

In the footnotes of every file we added a link to another edition of current work (if it exists).

In the Contents above, opposite every work (to the right) we indicated compared edition:

1 The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo: Set in 37 volumes.- Volume 2.- Collected Poems.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2009.- 751 p.

2 The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo: Set in 37 volumes.- Volume 26.- The Future Poetry.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1997.- 401 p.

3 The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo: Set in 37 volumes.- Volume 27.- Letters on Poetry and Art.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2004.- 769 p.