Rabindranath Thakur, anglicised to Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941), was a Bengali polymath who reshaped his region's literature and music.
Tagore's "last poem," dictated a week before he died:
- I'm lost in the middle of my birthday. I want my friends, their touch, with the earth's last love. I will take life's final offering, I will take the human's last blessing. Today my sack is empty. I have given completely whatever I had to give. In return if I receive anything—some love, some forgiveness—then I will take it with me when I step on the boat that crosses to the festival of the wordless end.