Gitanjali Poem 25 Summary and Analysis

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In the night of weariness let me give myself up to sleep without struggle, resting my trust upon thee.
Let me not force my flagging spirit into a poor preparation for thy worship.
It is thou who drawest the veil of night upon the tired eyes of the day to renew its sight in a fresher gladness of awakening.

In the night of weariness let me give myself up to sleep without struggle, resting my trust upon thee.
Gitanjali Poem no. 25

Summary

      Again, the poet talks about Death and how he shall give himself up willingly into God's hand. Tagore says that he would die willingly and as happily as he goes to sleep after when he is weary in the night. He would not put up any struggle. He would place all his faith in God and trust Him. He is dying anyway, so he would not like to struggle. He would keep everything in Gods hands because he knows that it is God who decides when man is to die so that he can awaken fresh and new in a new dawn.

Critical Analysis

      Tagore in the poem deals again with the theme of death and his philosophy that it is not an end but a necessary stage leading to a renewal of life. This poem is therefore a repetition of the previous poem both in theme and imagery. Here he talks about that new man should gladly welcome death and now any kind of opposition or struggle against death would mean that one's worship of God is not true and proper. He therefore exhorts man to place complete faith in God who shall arrange everything.

Annotation

      Night of weariness: towards the end of a hard life Flagging spirit: dying spirit. Veil of night: darkness symbolising death. Fresher gladness of awakening: the newness, freshness of a new dawn.

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