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Briefly explain important lines of poem "Where the mind is Without Fear" ?

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samze | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 24, 2009 at 4:21 PM via web

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Briefly explain important lines of poem "Where the mind is Without Fear" ?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 24, 2009 at 10:55 PM (Answer #1)

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Based on your own reading of the poem and your own understanding of its themes, I think that you might have to determine for yourself where the important lines in the poem lie.  I think it is difficult to determine this from an outside source as the identification and justification have to be developed from one's own criteria of importance.  I think that if the overall meaning of the poem can be seen as a search for elevated notions of truth and justice, then the second line of "where knowledge is free" helps to set the tone of seeking to strive beyond what is into what can be.  The opening line that indicates the present setting causes individuals to not embrace this realm of transcendence and capitulate into what is might be another moment where the feeling of the poem is fundamentally established.  The second to last line which brings together thought and action is very powerful as it indicates a sense of praxis, that theory and realization must be linked together in order for change to happen to a social order.

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