Form and style of Where the Mind is Without Fear

QuestionsForm and style of Where the Mind is Without Fear
Anonymous asked 2 years ago

Is the poem Where the Mind is Without Fear a sonnet? Comment on the form and style of the poem.

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 2 years ago

The poem is written in free verse. Indeed, no rhyme scheme or no particular metre is followed in writing the poem.

Some students ask whether the poem is a sonnet. In that case, the clear answer is ‘No’. But you should also know that the original Bengali version of the poem was in the form of a sonnet.

But the English poem has a special form. The whole poem is only a single complex sentence. Only one main clause at the end and several subordinate clauses beginning with ‘where’.

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