Rabindranath Tagore, 1861 – 1941 poet, playwright, philosopher, composer, artist
I was overjoyed to find a poem about Korea written by India’s most beloved poet; Rabindranath Tagore. He began writing poetry at the age of eight and published his first collection at the tender age of 16 under a pseudonym.
Its my understanding that this poem came about on one of his many trips to Japan. He met a few Koreans there and promised to visit. However at this time it was not possible, so he wrote this poem instead. It was around 1929 I believe.
In the golden age of Asia
Korea was one of its lamp bearers
And that lamp is waiting
to be lighted once again
for the illumiation of the East
– Rabindranath Tagore