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Rabindranath Tagore

Let's begin by examining Rabindranath Tagore's hopes for his country as he expresses them in "Where the Mind Is Without Fear." He begins with the hope articulated in the title and the poem's first...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2021 4:34 pm UTC

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Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore (1861-1941) was a Bengali poet and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. He supported Indian independence from Britain and desired the end of the British Raj, which is the...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2017 6:52 pm UTC

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India was still a colony under the British Empire when Tagore wrote this poem. It can be read as a list of prayers expressing the Nobel laureate’s vision of free India. Among many other wishes, he...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2016 5:11 pm UTC

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A figure of speech occurs when a word or group of words have a meaning beyond the literal. In the case of Tagori's poem, figures of speech include the following metaphors and personifications: "the...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2017 10:48 am UTC

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The theme of "Where the Mind is Without Fear" by Rabindranath Tagore is freedom from colonization and what it takes to achieve that. Tagore lived in India during British Crown rule of the country....

Latest answer posted November 15, 2017 5:10 pm UTC

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"The Flower-School" is a poem by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. It is narrated in the third person, but includes elements of a child speaking to a mother. The title of the poem is almost...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016 11:57 am UTC

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Tagore, an Indian polymath and proponent of Indian independence, is writing this poem in address to God, "my Father," in the hopes that his country will be permitted to "awake . . . into that...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2018 7:18 am UTC

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Line six contains an example of personification. It says, "Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection [...]." The speaker is describing the kind of world in which he would like...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2018 10:50 pm UTC

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In Tagore's poem, there is a call for absolute freedom, a demand for the reflection that is outside of the realm of limitation and constraint. It is here where the images that Tagore employs help...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012 11:56 am UTC

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The title "The Homecoming" is appropriate because Phatik has several different crossroads in the story that involve coming home—both symbolically and literally. The first homecoming Phatik...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2017 2:54 pm UTC

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The "narrow domestic walls" refer to Tagore's Bengal, which at the turn of the 20th century was presided over by Lord Curzon, the viceroy-general of India. Lord Curzon was fiercely imperialist in...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2016 6:01 pm UTC

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Before beginning a critical appreciation of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem, it should probably be clear what a critical appreciation entails. Typically, it involves a thorough evaluation of a work. The...

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In Rabindranath Tagore's short story “Kabuliwala,” an unexpected yet beautiful relationship arises between a little girl named Mini and Rahmun, the Kabuliwala or peddler. Despite their difference...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2021 3:42 pm UTC

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Rabindrahath Tagore’s short story “The Victory” is a story of love and loss. Shekhar, the court poet, is secretly in love with the Princess Ajita whom he has never met or seen because she sits...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2015 5:33 pm UTC

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This Tagore essay contrasts the worldview of the Europeans, sometimes called the Northmen, with that of the Indian people. Tagore states that there are two ways of relating to the world: one, which...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 9:33 pm UTC

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When we first meet Mini, she is five years old, an energetic, lovable, and garrulous (talkative) little girl. She manages to win the heart of the kabuliwala, Rahmun, who is a fruit-seller from...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2015 2:38 pm UTC

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Rabindranath Tagore embodies the quintessence of Indian culture. He was a renowned scholar, poet, novelist, playwright, lyricist, and painter. With over a thousand poems, two thousand songs, eight...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018 6:42 am UTC

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Tagore shows in the poem "Freedom" that he would like his country, India, to be free from colonial rule. He does this by addressing his poem to his "motherland." He speaks to the Indian nation as a...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 11:47 am UTC

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The chronicles of an Irish child growing up in India, “Gora : A Vignette of the Indian Renaissance,” by Rabindranath Tagore has earned the reputation as the greatest novel of modern India. Gora is...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2015 7:13 pm UTC

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The short story "The Homecoming" by Rabindranath Tagore tells of a 14-year-old village boy named Phatik who moves to the city of Calcutta to live with his uncle's family. In the village, Phatik is...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 8:40 pm UTC

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Plot-wise, this poem is a fairly straightforward poem. There are two birds in the poem. One is a free bird that lives in a forest, and the other bird is a tame bird that lives in a cage. The two...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2017 4:56 am UTC

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Tagore's poem "Paper Boats" tells us that the ways of children are highly imaginative. In this poem, the child speaker plays with his paper boats. He envisions putting pieces of paper with his name...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019 9:15 pm UTC

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Tagore's poem begins with Upagupta, the disciple of Buddha, lying asleep by the city wall of Mathura. He is woken by a dancing-girl, who invites him to her house, saying that it is not fitting for...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2020 1:16 pm UTC

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Because the poem comes to us in translation, we lose some of the nuance and poetry of reading it in its original form. However, figures of speech do shine through. To begin with, the river is...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2017 12:09 pm UTC

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Rahamat is displayed with a powerful presence that indicates something underneath the surface. On face value, he is a fruit seller and Tagore describes him in an almost wanderer quality. The...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2011 7:25 am UTC

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Phatik is the leader of the boys in his rural home village. Yet he feels his mother does not love him and always takes the side of his younger brother. The mother does see Phatik as a problem and a...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 1:12 am UTC

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There are many attributes to "The Postmaster." One one hand, he is very bright and extremely well read. He displays and communicates this to Ratan. Additionally, he is urbane and well cultured....

Latest answer posted November 11, 2010 8:06 pm UTC

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In his poem “Where the Mind Is Without Fear,” Rabindranath Tagore describes his ideal vision for his country. He dreams of, longs for, and prays for, his country to experience a “heaven of...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2021 5:29 pm UTC

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Rabindranath Tagore's short story "Kabuliwala" explores several interesting themes. First, the story focuses on the relationships between fathers and daughters. The narrator is the father of Mini,...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2021 6:17 pm UTC

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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali writer and artist who was born on May 7, 1861, in Calcutta and died there on August 7, 1941. Born to a wealthy Brahmin family, he was tutored at home and traveled...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2018 6:03 pm UTC

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The poem "Maya" is a celebration of imagination or illusion. In Hinduism, "Maya" is the word for illusion and, as such, is the force that allows us to perceive the material earth as we experience...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2020 2:57 pm UTC

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One of Tagore's lasting legacies to all of literature is that he composed works where the "lesson" was not something entirely easy to grasp. There is little simple in his work. The poem is...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2011 12:50 am UTC

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In his poem "Where the Mind is Without Fear," Rabindranath Tagore uses clear visual and sensory descriptions to ensure that the reader understands the struggle for identity and freedom as it exists...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2015 10:32 am UTC

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When the story begins, we see Phatik Chakravorti as a young "ringleader" in his native village outside of Calcutta. He is free to be naughty and clearly is in charge of the other local...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 3:29 am UTC

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Rabindranath Tagore's "On the Seashore" sets up an interesting contrast between the adult world and the children that inhabit it. In the poem, Tagore describes the ways in which children play near...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2019 9:03 am UTC

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Rabindranath Tagore's "Freedom" is a Modernist poem, a lyrical expression of the poet's imagination as well as a strong statement of his political and personal convictions. In this poem, an...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2017 1:09 pm UTC

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Tagore's short story "The Victory" explores the theme of destiny. He exposes the difference between appearance and reality and also that between victory and defeat, with the message that you must...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2015 1:10 pm UTC

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A Nobel Prize winner for Literature, both a philosopher and a pragmatist, Rabindranath Tagore often translated his own poetry into English; this ability to do so is beneficial because as the...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2015 9:08 pm UTC

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Rabindranath Tagore's "Unwanted" tells the story of Sharat, Kiran, and Nilkanta. Sharat and Kiran found Nilkanta after he was shipwrecked. The story of his life prior to the shipwreck is not told...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2018 6:34 pm UTC

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One important image Rabindranath Tagore uses in the poem “I Cannot Remember My Mother” is the image of a tune. The child remembers hearing a tune the mother hummed while rocking his/her cradle. A...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2010 9:20 am UTC

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Kabuliwala is a short story by Rabindranath Tagore about a relationship between a man and his family and a street trader, a "peddler" or kabuliwala in its native Hindi. The narrator of Kabuliwala...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2015 9:44 am UTC

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The poem "The Wayfarer" by Rabindranath Tagore was first published in his book Gitanjali, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. The book (and thus the poem) was first...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2016 11:37 am UTC

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The short story "The Postmaster" by Rabindranath Tagore tells of a man from the city of Calcutta who takes an appointment as a postmaster in a small remote village. He assumes his duties faithfully...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2019 2:59 pm UTC

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Rabindranath Tagore, author of the poem "Vocation" won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. To best comprehend a writer's work, it is important to understand the man. Tagore was a highly...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2012 3:58 pm UTC

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To Tagore, “these white jasmines” are reminiscent of his joyous childhood days. They conjure up the old fond memories of the time “when I (the poet) was a child.” Swayed into the thoughts of “Many...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2016 4:37 pm UTC

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This story is told by an unnamed narrator who claims he heard it from a schoolmaster sitting before a dilapidated grand house. The schoolmaster says that a rich man named Bhusan Saba, who followed...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2017 1:20 am UTC

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This poem by Rabindranath Tagore is an appeal to God to let the writer's country, India, "awake" into a "heaven of freedom." It is an inherently patriotic poem, but Tagore specifically equates his...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2018 8:02 am UTC

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To understand and summarize "Where the Mind Is Without Fear" by Rabindranath Tagore, it is important to know the poem's background. "Where the Mind Is Without Fear" is part of the poetry collection...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019 10:07 pm UTC

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In Rabindranath Tagore’s poem beginning “Where the mind is without fear,” the speaker imagines an ideal world rooted fundamentally in the ideal of freedom – freedom that manifests itself in a wide...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2011 2:23 am UTC

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In the poem "Where the Mind Is Without Fear," the author shows his patriotic feelings by voicing his wishes for his country and its future. His first wish is for his country to be a place "where...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2018 2:46 am UTC

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