The Cycle of Spring
The Cycle of Spring (1919) is a play by Rabindranath Tagore. Translated into English by Tagore after he received the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature, The Cycle of Spring is a powerful and playful meditation on the cycle of nature, the ethics of leadership, and the regenerative function of art. Spring has arrived and the people are joyous, making music and preparing to celebrate the end of a harsh winter. At the palace, however, the King has discovered two grey hairs, cause for despair in a man obsessed with maintaining a youthful image. As his advisors attempt to focus his attention—a famine in Nagapatam requires his immediate intervention; an ambassador from China has arrived—the King summons the court Poet. Tasked with staging a performance for his majesty, the bard puts on a symbolic performance with the hope of inspiring a renewed sense of energy in the palace. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Rabindranath Tagore’s The Cycle of Spring is a classic of Indian literature reimagined for modern readers.