Identify a figure of speech in "Where the Mind is Without Fear" by Tagore.  

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that one of the most powerful images in the Tagore poem is line 3 and 4, "Where the world has not been broken up into fragments/ By narrow domestic walls."  To me, this line helps to bring out a great deal in terms of articulating a world that is not coherent and enduring a great deal of entropy.  I think that this metaphor is powerful because it provides a stark contrast to the vision that is brought out at the end of the poem.  The idea of "walls" being used to destroy a sense of unity and immersion can be taken on personal and political levels.  On one level, the personal building of walls separates individuals from one another and breaks apart the hopes of togetherness.  On a political level, when walls are built between nations, there is a fragmentation and antagonism that results.  As a writer who sought to give some voice to India, Tagore's words are extremely powerful on cultural and political levels.  The figure of speech, the metaphor of walls, is something that has powerful meaning in the poem.