Toru Dutt

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

The Sower - Poem by Toru Dutt

Sitting in a porchway cool,
Sunlight, I see, dying fast,
Twilight hastens on to rule.
Working hours have well-nigh past.
Shadows run across the lands:
But a sower lingers still,
Old, in rags, he patient stands.
Looking on, I feel a thrill.
Black and high, his silhouette
Dominates the furrows deep!
Now to sow the task is set.
Soon shall come a time to reap.
Marches he along the plain
To and fro, and scatters wide
From his hands the precious grain;
Muse I, as I see him stride.
Darkness deepens. Fades the light.
Now his gestures to mine eyes
Are august; and strange, - his height
Seems to touch the starry skies


Comments about The Sower by Toru Dutt

  • Sakalabaktula Sairaj (10/31/2017 5:32:00 AM)


    so nice one sister you can do well (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (7/27/2017 4:13:00 PM)


    Isn't it wonderful how a poet can bring alive a simple moment that one might see repeated often during his life but make it so rich and powerful that it sticks to your memory like a bur and somehow represents something larger than life- -I have to read more by Toru Dutt (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (7/27/2017 11:12:00 AM)


    a simple and austere moment, perhaps otherwise lost forever, but it struck the heart of a skilled poet and moved his pen. The simple complexity of life and labor; the intimate relationship between man and the earth which nourishes him, shelters him, imparts life to him; the hint of mortality touching immortality as the eyes of a poet lift to the stars. Exquisitely captured and beautifully rendered. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (7/27/2017 10:59:00 AM)


    A poetic beauty of the highest order. This is indeed a fine tribute to the farmer community. I read her long poem SAVITRI in school more than 50 years ago. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/27/2017 10:56:00 AM)


    As i see him strife! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (7/27/2017 10:21:00 AM)


    Beautiful poetry. Like to read again and again. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/27/2017 6:56:00 AM)


    Stunnig write. Thrilling expression. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (7/27/2017 4:30:00 AM)


    life, sunlight, everywhere (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/27/2017 1:35:00 AM)


    Such a great poem posted here..... Thanks.... (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/27/2017 12:32:00 AM)


    A very good poem.well constructed, and executed. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/20/2016 9:25:00 PM)


    Imagery is awesome, I can see a different sky after reading this poem, such a wonderful image is created.10 (Report) Reply

  • (1/20/2016 4:23:00 PM)


    I did this job
    when I was kid
    sowing rice seeds
    it's like an art
    spreading grain
    at uniform densities
    grain per square feet
    then we pass a toothed
    sled over so birds won't
    eat those grains...or flood
    the ricefield.
    (Report) Reply

  • (1/20/2016 7:48:00 AM)


    ......truly an amazing and beautiful write,
    and many thanks to the sower
    for providing us grain for bread ★
    (Report) Reply

  • (1/20/2016 5:28:00 AM)


    Now his gestures to mine eyes
    Are august and strange-his height
    Seems to touch the starry skies.
    Simply wonderful diction. Thanks for sharing.
    (Report) Reply

  • Allemagne Roßmann (9/30/2012 8:13:00 AM)


    Majestic and magnanimous write..awesome! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 22, 2012



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