Harivansh Rai Bachchan Poems : Poetry At It’s Best

Harivansh Rai Bachchan is the man who will remain the legend of Indian poetry for years to come. All the poems by Harivansh Rai Bachchan are some of the most precious gems of poetry ever written. From Madhushala to Agneepath, Harivansh Rai Bachchan poems are still remembered by poetry lovers and recited at many places big and small. The legendary poet received much recognition including Sahitya Academy Award in 1969 and Padma Bhusan in 1976.


Reading poems written by Harivansh Rai Bachchan is an absolute pleasure for readers. The essence of his poetry beats time as readers from any age enjoy his works; be it a young teenager or a wise old man. Today, I am sharing some of the most celebrated poems by Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Some will melt your heart with happiness and some will mend your broken heart. So, let us dive deep into the ecstatic world of Harivansh Rai Bachchan poems.


Most Popular Harivansh Rai Bachchan Poems

Well, to start with Harivansh Rai Bachchan poetry, here are the most popular poems written by the legend. These poems became so influential that they were also used in Hindi cinema at various occasions.


1. Madhushala by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Madhushala was published in 1935 and it gave Harivansh Rai instant fame. Madhushala is written with the unmatched use of metaphors defining the way of living life in the most philosophical manner ever. The poem has 135 verses of four lines each ending in the word Madhushala. The poem was also sung by Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s son and the legendary actor, Amitabh Bachchan. Later on, the poet also wrote two more parts on the same theme – Madhubala, Madhukalash.

Here is the excerpt from the poem Madhushala.

Harivansh Rai Bachchan Poems - Madhushala

Read full poem Madhushala by Harivansh Bachchan in Hindi


2. Agneepath by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Another poem by Harivansh Rai Bachchan which became immensely famous was Agneepath. The poem gives a clear message that the life is a tough struggle at every step and those who resolve to strive are the ones who win! The poem is relatively small but it is equally deep and inspiring.

Here is the complete text of Agneepath by Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

Harivansh Rai Bachchan Poems - Agneepath


3. Jo Beet Gayi So Baat Gayi by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s poems were the true reflections of life and his philosophy about the same. Jo Beet Gayi So Bat Gayi is one such poem where the poet urges man to move on in life no matter what has happened. This poem uses mindful comparisons of human life issues to the phenomenon of nature and derives the message of let go and move on.

Here is the excerpt from Jo Beet Gayi So Baat Gayi by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

 Harivansh Rai Bachchan Poems - Jo Beet Gyi So Baat Gyi

Read the full  poem Jo Beet Gayi So Baat Gayi in Hindi


4. Koshish Karne Walo Ki by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

This is one more masterpiece poem written Harivansh Rai Bachchan. The poet has brilliantly explained the fact that those who dare would never loose; Trying is the sole key to winning. With this poem, Harivansh Rai teaches that your efforts would never go in vain so don’t stop, your work will give fruits ultimately.

Here is the excerpt from the poem Koshish Karne Walo ki by Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

Harivansh Rai Bachchan Poems - Koshish Karne Walo Ki

Read the full poem Koshish Karne Walo Ki in Hindi


5. Ruke Na Tu by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Ruke Na Tu is one of the incredible pieces from Harivansh Rai Bachchan Poems. This poem is very powerful and fills up the readers with confidence and attitude to never stop and never deviate from your path. Harivansh Rai has written this poem in a manner that is can easily be memorised. He has used simple yet powerful words to express all the positivity required to get up and start working!

Here is the complete text of the poem Ruke Na Tu by Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

Harivansh Rai Bachchan Poems - Ruke na tu


More Poems by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Apart from the above famous poems, the Hindi poetry maestro – Harivansh Rai Bachchan – wrote a number of other works that were included in a number of anthologies. His poetry was acclaimed by fellow poets, authors and even critics. I have compiled the complete list of all the poems written by Harivansh Rai Bachchan in chronological order.


Harivansh Rai Bachchan Poems


Tera Haar (तेरा हार) 1932
Madhushala (मधुशाला) 1935
Madhubala (मधुबाला) 1936
Madhukalash (मधुकलश) 1937
Nisha Nimantran (निशा निमंत्रण) 1938
Ekaant Sangeet (एकांत संगीत) 1939
Aakul Antar (आकुल अंतर) 1943
Satarangini (सतरंगिनी) 1945
Halaahal (हलाहल) 1946
Bengal ka Kaavya (बंगाल का काव्य) 1946
Khaadi ke Phool (खादी के फूल) 1948
Soot ki Maala (सूत की माला) 1948
Milan Yamini (मिलन यामिनी) 1950
Pranay Patrika (प्रणय पत्रिका) 1955
Dhaar ke idhar udhar (धार के इधर उधर) 1957
Aarti aur Angaare (आरती और अंगारे) 1958
Buddha aur Naachghar (बुद्ध और नाचघर) 1958
Tribhangima (त्रिभंगिमा) 1961
Chaar kheme Chaunsath khoonte (चार खेमे चौंसठ खूंटे) 1962
Do Chattane (दो चट्टानें) 1965
Bahut din beete (बहुत दिन बीते) 1967
Kat-ti pratimaaon ki awaaz (कटती प्रतिमाओं की आवाज़) 1968
Ubharte pratimaano ke roop (उभरते प्रतिमानों के रूप) 1969
Jaal sameta (जाल समेटा) 1973
Nirman (निर्माण) ~
Aathmaparichai (आत्मपरिचय) ~
Ek Geet (एक गीत) ~
Agneepath (अग्निपथ) ~


Did these poems inspire you? What are your thoughts about Harivansh Bachchan’s poems and his contribution to the  Hindi Literature? Let us know in comments below.

Also Read: Inspirational Quotes by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

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