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Read the following poem and write an appreciation of it with the help of the given points in a paragraph format: - English

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Read the following poem and write an appreciation of it with the help of the given points in a paragraph format:

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

Points 

  1. The title and the poet of the poem (01)
  2. Rhyme scheme (01)
  3. Figures of speech (01)
  4. Central Idea/Theme (02)
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Solution

The poem, ‘Where the Mind is Without Fear’, has been written by Rabindranath Tagore. It is a patriotic poem, written in the form of a prayer to God. There is no fixed rhyme scheme in the poem as it is written in a free verse format and does not have a fixed meter. The figures of speech used to beautify the poem are Alliteration, Apostrophe, Consonance, Metaphor, Metonymy, and Personification. An example of Alliteration from the poem is “Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit” as the sound of the letter ‘d’ is repeated for poetic effect. He desires and prays for an overall awakening of the people of the nation and not just for political freedom. This poem is not only a prayer to the Almighty but also a message to the countrymen to awaken from the bondages of colonial rule.

Concept: Reading Skill (Textual)
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