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Study On Rabindranath Tagore Essay

  • Submitted by: dsrajuraa
  • on March 23, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 509 words

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Where The Mind is Without Fear -- Rabindranath Tagore
(Poem #177) Where The Mind is Without Fear
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow
        domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the
        dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought
        and action--
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
-- Rabindranath Tagore

If you have been schooled in India, you couldn't possibly have not read this in
some English textbook or the other. I have always been captivated by the
simplicity and economy of this poem; how, through exquisite imagery, Tagore
expresses such profound thoughts. If you find that it reads more like a prayer
chant from a religious book, you won't be far from the truth: the original
Bengali poem which Tagore himself translated as above, was titled
"Prayer". Though this poem was chosen because today is the 52nd anniversary of
India's independence, it is really a plea, not for the political independence
that was being sought early this century when it was written, but for freedom
from parochialness and dogma, a prayer that is perhaps as relevant today as it
was then. Maybe human nature itself is such that it always turns
once-refreshing paradigms into stale tradition, forcing a Tagore in every
generation to thus complain.

This poem is from Gitanjali, lit. Offering of Songs, published in English in


Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941), Indian poet, philosopher, and Nobel
laureate, was born in Calcutta, into a wealthy family. He began to write
poetry as a child; his first book appeared when he was 17 years old. After a
brief stay in England (1878) to study law,...

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