Gitanjali is a collection of over one hundred inspirational poems. In 1913 Tagore was the first Indian to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for Gitanjali, comprising of poems which are an invocation to God. Devoid of aggression and angst, they are like a breath of fresh air, which enlightens the soul. Gitanjali's canvas encompasses life's experiences with an innocence and simplicity that one does not find elsewhere in literature. The great Irish poet, W.B. Yeats, was inspired to write an introduction to Gitanjali when he heard and saw women in the tea fields of rural Bengal singing Tagore's songs and poems with great fervour. Tagore (1861 - 1941), achieved fame as a novelist, playwright, poet, painter, lecturer, politician and composer. His tours of friendship and amity across continents gave him the privilege of being the voice of India's spiritual heritage.