Can somebody tell me the tone and form of the poem "The Soul's Prayer" by Sarojini Naidu?Click to read the whole poem for reference-...

Can somebody tell me the tone and form of the poem "The Soul's Prayer" by Sarojini Naidu?

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mitchrich4199 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In "The Soul's Prayer," Sarojini Naidu's speaker has asked the Lord to "reveal to me/ Thine inmost laws of life and death." The soul has asked this question of God with "childhood's pride" which suggests that it is a question that is one of naivete and inexperience. This is important, because it seems that God doesn't react very happily to the question. He answers:

Child, I will hearken to thy prayer, And thy unconquered soul shall know All passionate rapture and despair.

This may seem like an answer given to a child in a simple manner. However, the tone of his answer becomes one of disappointment in the question altogether. God is going to inform the child of all life's "passionate rapture and despair." After some words to answer specifics, he says:

I, bending from my sevenfold height, Will teach thee of My quickening grace, Life is a prism of My light, And Death the shadow of My face.

Take God's entire answer and it is evident that he would rather the young soul leave these questions up to him. You might compare it to the idea of God saying "you don't want to know." He is saying, "You don't need to worry about these things and how they happen. I will take care of all of my children and you must trust in me."