"Where the mind is without Fear" , a lyric taken from Gitanjali , is one of the best -remembered patriotic poems by RABINDRANATH TAGORE . It is a prayer to God to awaken the country from darkness and slavery into a state of ideal freedom . The whole poem is a single complex sentence whose principle clause is the last line .
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high ;
Where the 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 perfections;
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 .
Answer the following questions briefly:
1.What do you think is special about the composition of the poem ?
2.What does. the poet pray to God with regards to the state of mind of the indians ?What does 'narrow domestic walls' refer to the poem ?
3.What do the walls do?What sort of a place is the poet talking about in the first two lines ?
4.How concerned is the poet about the nation's state of affairs ?
5.How can perfection be achieved ?
6.What does Tagore mean by 'dreary desert sand of dead habit' ?
Glossary and Notes
fragments (n) : small pieces
narrow (adj) : limited in outlook
domestic (adj) : specific country or home or family
tireless (adj) : working very hard without stopping
striving (v) : making great effort to achieve something
stretches (v) : extends , lengthens
dreary (adj) : dull , boring
ever-widening : always extending
Where the mind is without Fear this poem falls under the syllabus of English Litreature prepeared by BIHAR BOARD . If you facing any problem to solve the above questions then you can comment below .