Analysis Of The Divine Lover By Rabindranath Tagore

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THE THEME OF DEATH AND MYSTERY

Death is not a fearsome object in ‘Gitanjali’. It might be treated as a rendezvous of the mystic poet with the Supreme Being. John Donne says, “Who sees God’s face that itself life, must fear for death”. Phineas Fletcher in “The Divine Lover” also does not betray fear for death. “To live in thee dyed”. Death for a mystic is a means for having a tryst with the divine. It is with Tagore in this book of poems. Tagore is predominantly an advocate of Hindu Philosophy of life believing in the birth and rebirth of a person. There is an awareness of ‘Pain’ in ‘Gitanjali’. Pain too has been accepted as an inevitable part of death. With love Tagore would give himself into his hands. The hands of God should be marvelous
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The expression of joy in the poem is but a casually mentioned subject, whereas the psychological fear of death remains a permanent obsession. It becomes more manifest at the end of at the end of this book, while it is rolling on the slope. The awareness of the pain has been curbed artificially, though smothered by the poetic delicacy. (Git. 18). “My heart wonders wailing with the restless wind”. The mystical concept of death has been described by him in different ways. Walt Whitman keeps a cool head while dealing with it. Tagore’s anxiety of death emerges from the spectacle of Nature which he finds grim and inevitable (Git. 21). “In the shady lane the yellow leaves flutter and fall”. Death is no exception for the phenomenon of human life. Even the sky appears ‘groaning’ to his imagination. The mental state of the poet remains agitated all along (Git. 23). “Ever and again I open my door and look out of the darkness my friend I’. There is no mistake in diagnosing the death-complex at the back of his mind. The poets have often beguiled themselves with the idea that death is not fearful, as to be slain by death is quite easy. Death is the world of mystical poems has often been subjected to divine adulation. Tagore is no exception of the rule. The soul of a mystic…show more content…
The latter has tended to cloud the main canvas of ‘Gitanjali’. “Mysticism is beyond Proof and indeed demands no more than on indwelling conviction………… it is so personal that is satisfies every idiosyncrasy” says Maugham. This criticism of the mystic comes from one who does not believe in a God who ahs neither humor or common sense. The diametrically opposite concepts of death in Tagore and Somerset Maugahm can not be Reconciled, for both are products of different environments. Tagore could not have written a book of human Bondage and Somerset Maugahm even with the best efforts must have failed at composing such – song offering even if he had harnessed all his literary power, to that end – Tagore’s conception of death as a lover as a messenger of God has to beauty and charm of its
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