Rabindranath Tagore

(7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941 / Calcutta (Kolkata), Bengal Presidency / British India)

This Dog - Poem by Rabindranath Tagore

Every morning this dog, very attached to me,
Quietly keeps sitting near my seat
Till touching its head
I recognize its company.
This recognition gives it so much joy
Pure delight ripples through its entire body.
Among all dumb creatures
It is the only living being
That has seen the whole man
Beyond what is good or bad in him
It has seen
For his love it can sacrifice its life
It can love him too for the sake of love alone
For it is he who shows the way
To the vast world pulsating with life.
When I see its deep devotion
The offer of its whole being
I fail to understand
By its sheer instinct
What truth it has discovered in man.
By its silent anxious piteous looks
It cannot communicate what it understands
But it has succeeded in conveying to me
Among the whole creation
What is the true status of man.

Topic(s) of this poem: dog

Comments about This Dog by Rabindranath Tagore

  • Prabir Gayen (12/4/2018 12:24:00 PM)

    Extraordinary thought of the greatest poet............. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Robert Murray Smith (6/29/2018 11:23:00 PM)

    I like this. Man is just as dumb as the dog. Neither reallu knows what is going on. (Report) Reply

  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/24/2018 9:25:00 PM)

    Wonderful portrait of the relations between the dog and the poet. (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (4/2/2018 6:42:00 PM)

    Great poem written in persuasive poetic expressions with artistic brilliance. (Report) Reply

  • Hanzala Han (3/24/2018 9:42:00 AM)

    Among the whole creation
    What is the true status of man....This is amazing
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/20/2018 12:57:00 AM)

    Every morning this dog, very attached to me,
    Quietly keeps sitting near my seat
    Till touching its head
    I recognize its company-dog is the best friend of man..beautifully addressed.
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/9/2018 1:22:00 AM)

    Fantastic (Report) Reply

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (2/19/2018 3:03:00 AM)

    A fabulous piece of work by the master! Great....! (Report) Reply

  • (12/16/2017 3:25:00 AM)

    this is a very great poem.it realy open my eyes (Report) Reply

  • (10/18/2017 11:13:00 PM)

    Every morning, my dog comes
    and sits near my feet.
    He likes company.
    He likes to be touched, patted
    and feels happy.
    Among all animals
    only this creature understands man
    beyond all the evil and good in him.
    For love he will sacrifice himself.
    He will love for the sake of love
    and show to the world what true love is.
    When I see his deep devotion
    his offering of himself,
    I fail to understand why he does it.
    He must have learnt somehow
    what truth lies deep in man.
    By his silent anxious looks
    he cannot tell us what he knows.
    But he has convinced me
    he knows the true nature of man.
    (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (9/2/2016 9:55:00 AM)

    Every word true.....dogs can peer inside the soul. (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (7/30/2016 11:21:00 AM)

    The relationship between man and dog began thousands of years ago and this poem captures the essence of it. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/20/2016 1:55:00 AM)

    Very nicely expressed the feeling of a dog, the best friend of humans. (Report) Reply

  • (1/17/2016 8:11:00 PM)

    Well, I love my cat, but it's the same, it's much different at the appearance, but boyh ask for, and give affection. (Report) Reply

  • (11/9/2015 5:14:00 PM)

    Tagore always impresses me the most with his strong ending verses in his poems. For the last verse in this poem, it really does say a lot, on how dogs instincts on a person's nature are most often correct. I found it beautiful the way he summed up man and dogs relationship in such a vulnerable way, like how fine of a line it is to a dogs heart, you are either bad or good, black or white. (Report) Reply

  • (8/29/2015 4:56:00 AM)

    I used to think poetry sucked even though I never tried to understand it. 'The fool doesn't care whether he understands a thing or not; all he cares is to show how clever he is' Proverbs 18: 2. God gives wisdom through His word indeed. I like this poem, because Rabindranath is describing something I have noticed, and I'm pretty sure we all have, that a dog is lean to adore us somehow. And we, humanity, must appear like gods to this creatures. 'God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.' Genesis 1: 27 (Report) Reply

  • (8/11/2015 8:10:00 PM)

    .........a wonderful tribute to some of the smartest creatures on the planet ★ (Report) Reply

Read all 17 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]