Why does the poet compare “dead habit” to “dreary sand” in the poem “Where the Mind is Without Fear”?
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What are reason and dead habits compared to and why?
Dead habits are compared to desert sands because these superstitious beliefs block the way of progressive thoughts, just as a desert can block the way of a clear stream. Dead habits are as choking as the desert for something fresh and progressive.
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