R Tagore | Maya | Analytical Study


R Tagore | Maya | Analytical Study

R Tagore Maya Analytical Study

Rabindranath Tagore’s Poem ‘Maya’-An Analytical Study

“Maya” by Rabindranath Tagore is a poem that delves into the concept of illusion and the complex relationship between the divine presence and the self. The poem highlights how the illusion of Maya, or the illusory nature of reality, manifests in various aspects of existence.

The poem suggests that the divine presence creates a barrier within its own being, causing a separation and fragmentation of the self. This self-separation takes form in the speaker, reflecting the influence of the divine presence on their individual experience.

The poem portrays the impact of this self-separation through poignant songs echoed throughout the sky. These songs evoke a range of emotions, represented by tears, smiles, alarms, hopes, rising waves, sinking dreams, and the breaking and forming of ideas. The speaker identifies that within themselves lies the defeat of the divine presence’s self.

The poem further explores the imagery of a painted screen, representing the illusory nature of existence. This screen is adorned with countless figures, created by the brushstrokes of the night and the day. Behind this screen, the divine presence weaves its seat in intricate and mysterious patterns, rejecting the simplicity of straight lines.

The poem concludes by portraying the grand spectacle of the divine presence and the self. This interplay between the divine and the self resonates throughout the sky, infusing the air with a vibrant tune. The passing of ages is marked by the hiding and seeking of the divine presence and the self, depicting the perpetual cycle of their interaction.

Overall, “Maya” explores the illusory nature of reality and the interconnectedness of the divine presence and the self. The poem emphasizes the influence of Maya, the fragmentation of the self, and the dynamic interplay of emotions and experiences. It invites contemplation on the nature of existence and the inherent complexity of the relationship between the divine and the self. 0 0 0

N.B. The article originally belongs to the book ‘Analytical Studies of Selected Poems of Rabindranath Tagore‘ by Menonim Menonimus.

Books of Literary Criticism by M. Menonimus:

  1. World Short Story Criticism
  2. World Poetry Criticism
  3. World Drama Criticism
  4. World Novel Criticism
  5. World Essay Criticism
  6. Indian English Poetry Criticism
  7. Indian English Poets and Poetry Chief Features
  8. Emily Dickinson’s Poetry-A Thematic Study
  9. Walt Whitman’s Poetry-A Thematic Study
  10. Critical Essays on English Poetry
  11. Tawfiq al-Hakim’s Novel: Return of the Spirit-An Analytical Study
  12. Tawfiq al-Hakim’s Novel: ‘Yawmiyyat Naib Fil Arayaf’-An Analytical Study
  13. Analytical Studies of Some Arabic Short Stories
  14. A Brief History of Arabic Literature: Pre-Islamic Period (500 AD-622 AD)
  15. A Brief History of Arabic Literature: Early Islamic Period (622 AD-661 AD)
  16. Reviews on William Shakespeare’s Works
  17. Reviews of Charles Dickens’ Works
  18. Reviews of John Milton’s Literary Works
  19. Reviews of Some Iconic Travelogues
  20. Shakespeare’s Sonnets-Critical Studies
  21. Analytical Studies of Selected Poems of Sarojini Naidu
  22. Analytical Studies of Selected Poems of Rabindranath Tagore

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