Where the mind is without fear Summary and Questions

Where the Mind is Without Fear poetry

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Where the mind is without fear appreciation.

Read the poem write an appreciation  The of the poem in 12 to 15 sentences with the help of the following points


  • Title
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Where The Mind Is Without Fear is written by Rabindranath Tagore.This poem is one of his vastly read and discussed poems. It was originally composed in Bengali and later he himself translated it into English. It is a poem with no uniformity of rhyme, 

 Rhythm is a free verse poem with figures of speech like Metaphor, Alliteration,        

 Synecdoche, Apostrophe.


The main idea of the poem is that the poet wants the country to be free living in peace and not broken into small pieces nor there is narrow mindedness – he wants this place just like heaven where there should be no lies, no fear of anything and knowledge should be free. Everyone should be on the right path and perfect. The poem is somewhat like a prayer.  The poet is praying to God for heaven on earth. My favourite line of the poem is where the ‘mind is without fear and the head is held high’  it means that there should be no fear of anything and your head should be proudly held high.  I like this poem because it tells us to be united ,to tell the truth , stop narrow-mindedness and achieve our goals.

Where the mind is without fear Questions and Answers.

What does the poet pray to the almighty for ? 

The poet prays that knowledge should be free. World should be united not broken into small pieces there should be no discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, class and colour in societies and between countries of the world.

Everyone should be speaking the truth and each and everyone should  struggle to achieve their goal. All the rituals and superstitions which are harmful should be stopped. The poet wants the world to be free and the conditions of total freedom are good thoughts, good words and good deeds while respecting just others . The poet wants the world just like heaven.

What are ‘reason’ and ‘dead habit’ compared  to ?.

  1. The reason is compared to the right path. Whatever we see we are doing is beneficial for everyone and not to do things which may harm or hurt others. 
  2. dead habit is compared to the old tradition, ritual, customs ,superstitions which may cause harm. 

What does the poet wish for ?

The poet wants the world just like heaven where people do not cheat anyone and there is no narrow-mindedness and everyone is full of good thoughts and positive energy. The word should come out from the depth of truth and everyone must make efforts to do their best and achieve their goals. 

Answer the following questions in your own words. 

 How is the world broken into fragments ?

The world is broken into fragments due to the divisions on the basis of religion, caste ,class and colour in societies and between countries of the world people or narrow minded people think only about themselves. 

Explain what the tireless striving should be for ?

Tireless striving means continuous efforts and struggle should be made because there is no elevator for success you have to take stairs. 

Where words come out with depth of truth. Explain in your own words ?

The line means that you should never lie no matter what if to your truth can help an innocent you should go for it always be sincere to everyone always tell the truth cause If You Lie the person who hasn’t done anything will be punished and everyone will hate them just because of your Lie and one day you can also be on their place so say the truth no matter what your kindness will definitely pay. 

Who is thee in the poem . What does the poet appeal to thee to do ?

 This means you and in the poem it means the almighty God and he  says to the god that no one should fight, everyone should respect one another and no lies to each other and no harm to anyone. 

What qualities does the poet wish to inculcate in his country men ?

 there should be no fear of anything the head should be proudly held high he wants everyone to say in unity no discrimination on the basis like caste religion gender society extra everyone should work on the right path and not to follow or do anything that may cause harm to anyone everyone should have good thoughts and respect one another. 

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Is the poem a prayer for India alone ?

No. Each and every country should follow it then the world would be a better place. 

 What should the words we speak reflect ?

The words we speak should reflect the truth, sincerity and we should have good thoughts for everyone. 

What should people keep on widening? How can it be done ?

 We should keep widening our Outlook there should be no narrowing – we should promise ourselves that every day we will be one percent better than yesterday and follow the right path and achieve our dreams. It can be done by first thinking of others doing good deeds respecting one another, no harm not cheating. 

From what  darkness of night should a nation awaken ?

From old dead habits which are old traditions ,customs ,rituals which are harmful from narrow-mindedness. 

What attribute of Rabindranath Tagore does the poem ( prayer) reflect ?

The world should be a good, truthful, sincere people people should drive to be there better every day there should be no no discrimination on the basis of gender caste religion everyone must try their best to achieve their goal and do good deeds respect one another this way we can make a better world.