Toru Dutt

(4 March 1856 - 30 August 1877 / Calcutta / British India)

The Broken Bell - Poem by Toru Dutt

'Tis bitter-sweet on winter nights to note,
Beside the palpitating fire reclined,
The chimes, across the fogs, upon the wind.
Now loud, now low, now near and now remote.
What recollections on that music float!
Blessed the bell that through the darkness blind
Sends honest greetings, consolations kind.
And solemn warnings from its lusty throat
Tis like a wakeful soldier, - mine, alas!
The soul-bell in me, can but give one cry,
Like that, a wounded soldier - o'er whom pass
Riders and horses, and around whom lie
The dead and dying in a tangled mass -
Utters, unable or to move or die.


Comments about The Broken Bell by Toru Dutt

  • (5/31/2018 10:42:00 AM)


    I like poem to much and next poem of Tulsi das (Report) Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/20/2016 9:23:00 PM)


    Strong worded poem on the subject, Toru dutt write well on it.10 (Report) Reply

  • (1/20/2016 4:17:00 PM)


    it looks everything happening
    revolve around that broken bell
    which every tool is a message.
    ... brilliant
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  • (1/20/2016 7:13:00 AM)


    ....a poignant write, alone on a winter's night
    with painful memories of the past ★
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  • (1/20/2016 5:24:00 AM)


    Superb and lovely poem beyond description. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Allemagne Roßmann (9/30/2012 8:16:00 AM)


    what more can i say to commemorate you so many years later my dear (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 22, 2012



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