[Though] Rabindranath has never ceased to learn, and is as great a thief as any in all literature, it is in the pre-Ma¯na¯si period that we must look for influences. First, of course, are the Bengali Vaisnava lyrists. The poet’s own authority compels this statement, for did he not in the Bha¯nu Singha songs carefully catch their very notes? And he has never ceased to praise them, has translated them, and always refers to them as his masters. Be it so, then; one must suppose that they are. Yet I have always been rebellious under the importance he ascribes to them, and I...
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