Ramesh Chunder Dutt’s Poem ‘Buddha’s Death’-A Critical Analysis


Ramesh Chunder Dutt’s Poem ‘Buddha’s Death’-A Critical Analysis

Ramesh Chunder Dutt's Poem 'Buddha's Death'-A Critical Analysis

Ramesh Chunder Dutt’s Poem ‘Buddha’s Death’-A Critical Analysis

Ramesh Chunder Dutt’s Poem ‘Buddha’s Death’-A Critical Analysis

Ramesh Chunder’ Dutt’s ‘Buddha’s Death’ is a mythological poem through which the poet has portrayed Buddha’s teaching just before his death. It may be called the swan song of Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha was the founder of a special and independent religious sect called after his name ‘Buddhism’. He, after a continuous meditation of eighteen years, was enlightened with heavenly wisdom and found out the path of redemption of the human soul. He thought that everyone should lead a pious and virtuous life to get redemption from worldly life. His teachings were warmly welcomed and greeted by people and many became his disciples. Buddha, along with his faithful disciples wandered from place to place and preached his holy teachings.

The poet narrates, here in this poem, the activities and teachings of Lord Buddha’s last days while he was about to die. The poet says, wherever Buddha went with his followers the trees blossomed out of season and spread lovely fragrance. The flowers and sandal powder gently fell on him from high and heavenly music gently wattled down from the sky.

This narration is very poetic and by saying so the poet wants to mean that wherever Buddha went, people’s hearts swelled up with joy and hope.

Then Buddha whispered to his followers, sandal-powder and heavenly music are useless if a man doesn’t become devout, pure and faithful to his duties.

Then the poet says about what Buddha said just before his last breath. It was night. Buddha was becoming weak. Then Brahman came to him seeking wisdom. Buddha, though dying, spoke to him gently and plainly and gave a lesson and died silently.

From the above analysis of the poem, it has become clear that the poem holds up Buddha’s greatness. Buddha gave emphasis on the piety or holiness of human heart and deeds. Buddha said as the poet writes:

”But the brothers and sisters,

Man devout and woman holy

Pure in life, the duty faithful-

They perform the worship truly.”

The language of the poem is very simple, easy and fascinating as that of Bengali lyrics. The first twelve lines of this poem contain vivid imagery which symbolizes Buddha’s holiness. 0 0 0

Ramesh Chunder Dutt’s Poem ‘Buddha’s Death’-A Critical Analysis

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N. B. This article entitled ‘Ramesh Chunder Dutt’s Poem ‘Buddha’s Death’-A Critical Analysis’ originally belongs to the book ‘Indian English Poetry Criticism‘ by Menonim Menonimus. 

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