Sri Aurobindo began writing poems while a young man in England and continued to write poetry throughout his life. More than two hundred poems are collected in this volume along with an essay “On Quantitative Metre”, though his epic Savitri is not included. The poems are grouped into categories, beginning with short poems and lyrics written during specified periods between the years 1890 – 1950. These are followed by his sonnets, his longer poems such as “Urvasie” and “Love and Death”, Ilion, an epic in quantitative hexameters, and poems in new metres.
The Inner Fields
There is a brighter ether than this blue
Pretence of an enveloping heavenly vault,
Royaler investiture than this massed assault
Of emerald rapture pearled with tears of dew.
Immortal spaces of cerulean hue
Are in our reach and fields without this fault
Of drab brown earth and streams that never halt
In their deep murmur which white flowers strew
Floating like stars upon a strip of sky.
This world behind is made of truer stuff
Than the manufactured tissue of earth”s grace.
There we can walk and see the gods go by
And sip from Hebe’s cup nectar enough
To make for us heavenly limbs and deathless face.
Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems, 14-3-1947
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