Where the Mind is Without Fear

Where the Mind is Without Fear

by Rabindranath Tagore

Form and style of Where the Mind is Without Fear

QuestionsForm and style of Where the Mind is Without Fear
Anonymous asked 5 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 5 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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