R Tagore | Prisoner | Analytical Study


R Tagore | Prisoner | Analytical Study

R Tagore  Prisoner  Analytical Study

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

“Prisoner” by Rabindranath Tagore is a poem that explores the concept of self-imposed limitations and the consequences of one’s own actions. The speaker engages in a dialogue with a prisoner, questioning who bound them and created their unbreakable chain.

The prisoner responds that it was their own master who bound them. They had the ambition to surpass everyone else in wealth and power, accumulating great riches in their own treasure-house, which rightfully belonged to their king. However, their desires and greed led them to sleep on the bed intended for their lord, and upon waking up, they discovered that they had become a prisoner within their own wealth.

The speaker then asks who created the unbreakable chain that holds the prisoner captive. The prisoner responds that they themselves meticulously forged the chain. They believed that their invincible power would allow them to control the world, leaving them in undisturbed freedom. With great effort, they worked on the chain day and night, using immense fires and cruel, forceful strokes. Finally, when the chain was complete and unbreakable, they realized that it had entrapped them instead.

To conclude, “Prisoner” is a poem that reflects on self-imposed limitations and the consequences of one’s own actions. The prisoner becomes trapped by their own desires and ambitions, leading to their captivity. The poem highlights the irony of seeking power and control, only to be imprisoned by one’s own creations. It serves as a cautionary reminder of the potential consequences of unchecked desires and the importance of recognizing self-imposed limitations. 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:

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  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
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  10. Critical Essays on English Poetry
  11. Tawfiq al-Hakim’s Novel: Return of the Spirit-An Analytical Study
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  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)
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  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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