Comment on the form and style of the poem Where the Mind is Without Fear by Rabindranath Tagore.
The poem ‘Where the Mind is Without Fear’ is written in free verse without any rhyme scheme or metre followed throughout the poem. The poem is one single complex sentence with the sub clauses beginning with ‘where’ and the main clause coming at the end. The poem is written in the form of a prayer to the God to lift the country to a state where freedom would be felt at its best.
Where the Mind is Without Fear is an inspired sonnet form having thirteen lines, but the poem, in real, is a prayer to God and for this reason, it’s a flow of emotions rather than being musical. The poem is written in free verse form and its main voice is Tagore’s spirituality and patriotism. The poem is a fantastic example of ‘apostrophe’ as throughout the poem, the poet’s speaker is praying to God who is omnipresent. The poem is unrhymed and consisted of a single complex line.