Rabindra Gope

Rookie (05-11-1951 / Brahmanbaria)

Biography of Rabindra Gope

As soon as book poem ‘Palalo Kumari Shap’ (Runs Away Virgin Snake) came out in 1979, Rabindra Gope hit the heart of thousands of readers of Bangladesh. He has immediately known as ‘The Poet of Palalo Kumari Shap’. Gradually he becomes a mature creator of poetry in Bangladesh.
Though, predominantly a poet, total number of his published works crossed fifty including short stories, novels, and research works. He is a prolific writer.
He was ‘Shabdo Shainik’ (Fighter of Lyrics) and played a prominent role in ‘Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra’ (Free Bangla Radio Centre) during the liberation war of Bangladesh. As a public servant he held different posts of Ministry of Information and Ministry of Cultural Affairs. He faced unusual psychological torture, physically assaulted after his poem ‘Smiling Goat and a Loaf’ was published. He was transferred to a remote place in a much degraded status. Two times he was shot. His favorite dog was killed at the encounter.
The poet was awarded ‘Kathashilpi’ literary Award: Gold Medal in in1978, ‘Bikash’ literary Award: Gold Medal in in1990, ‘Sufi Motahar Hossain’ literary Award: Gold Medal, and American Biographical Institute, ‘Man of the Year,1998’.
Still he is going on writing at the age of 60.

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To You (তোমাকে)

You belong to me only
In the belief of love and love alone
Now I dedicate you to someone else
To a tree
I stoop before it
To a red rose
I kneel down
To the morning sun
I kneel before him

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