R Tagore | Threshold | Analytical Study


R Tagore | Threshold | Analytical Study

R Tagore Threshold Analytical Study

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

“Threshold” by Rabindranath Tagore explores the themes of life, death, and the interconnectedness of existence. The speaker reflects on their entry into this life, symbolized by crossing the threshold. They contemplate the mystery and wonder of existence and acknowledge the power that brought them into this vast world.

The poem employs the literary device of vivid imagery to evoke a sense of awe and the unknown. The bud in the forest at midnight represents the speaker’s emergence into life, highlighting the enigmatic nature of birth. This imagery suggests that the speaker’s entry into the world was a moment of transformation and discovery.

The poem further explores the interconnectedness of life and death. The speaker reflects on the moment they looked upon the light in the morning and felt a sense of belonging as if they were not a stranger in this world. They perceive that the inscrutable, nameless, and formless have embraced them through their own mother, symbolizing the nurturing and interconnected nature of existence.

The speaker acknowledges that death, which is often viewed as an unknown, will appear as something familiar and known to them. This suggests a deep acceptance and understanding of the cyclical nature of life. The speaker states that because they love this life, they will also love death. This indicates an embrace of the transformative nature of transitions, including the ultimate transition from life to death.

The poem concludes with a metaphorical depiction of the child seeking consolation. The child cries out when taken away from the right breast, but quickly finds consolation in the left one. This metaphor symbolizes the speaker’s understanding that life and death are intertwined and that in the face of transition, there is always solace and continuity.

After all, “Threshold” explores the themes of life, death, and interconnectedness. The poem utilizes vivid imagery and contrasts to convey the speaker’s acceptance and understanding of life’s transitions. It suggests that even in the face of the unknown, there is a sense of familiarity and continuity that brings solace and love. 0 0 0

R Tagore Threshold Analytical Study

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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