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A Collection of
ICSE Poems and Short Stories
Volume I — Poems

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A Collection of ICSE
Poems and Short Stories
Volume I — Poems


Where the Mind is Without Fear

5 — 7

Rabindranath Tagore 2.

The Inchcape Rock

7 — 11

Robert Southey 3.

In the Bazaars of Hyderabad

11 — 14

Sarojini Naidu 4.

Small Pain in My Chest

14 — 17

Michael Mack 5.

The Professor
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III. (i) ‘Tireless striving’ means to work hard without getting tired to achieve perfection. The poet wants his countrymen to achieve the highest goals, i.e., freedom at all levels — political, religious, spiritual, moral and intellectual. (ii) Reasoning allows a person to have clarity of thoughts without being restricted by narrow domestic walls such as caste, colour, creed, religion, region and superstitions. That is why it has been compared to a clear stream which is free of all impurities. (iii) ‘Dreary desert sand of dead habit’ is a metaphor. Through this metaphor the poet wants to say that his countrymen should work for perfection in everything and should not be led astray from their goal in the dry desert of dead habits, i.e., in a place where outdated customs and traditions are followed. (iv) According to the poet, the hurdles in achieving perfection include the outdated customs and traditions based on irrational thinking rather than sound reasoning and scientific thought. (v) The figure of speech in the third line of the given extract is a
‘metaphor’. For explanation refer to answer (iii) above. (vi) This poem by Rabindranath Tagore is taken from his original volume called Naibedya, which bears the title ‘Prarthana’, i.e., prayer. In this poem, the poet prays to a universal father-figure,
i.e., God to let his country

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