Gitanjali Poem No. 49 - Summary and Analysis

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You came down from your throne and stood at my cottage door.
I was singing all alone in a corner, and the melody caught your ear. You came down and stood at my cottage door.
Masters are many in your hall, and songs are sung there at all hours. But the simple carol of this novice struck at your love. One plaintive little strain mingled with the great music of the world, and with a flower for a prize you came down and stopped at my cottage door.

You came down from your throne and stood at my cottage door.
Gitanjali Poem no. 49


      The poet has painted a scene where God is enjoying the music of innumerable musicians who sing for him. God, who is all powerful is always there for His humble devotee. That's why listening poet's song He came down from His throne and stood at the door of the poor poets cottage. The poet was singing all alone in one corner of his cottage and soon his melodious song catches His attraction. He, king of kings, comes down from His throne and stands at his cottage door.

      There are innumerable great musicians in His court to impress him. His court is always rejoiced with their songs. The poet is incredibly happy that his simple song has delighted Him and He has come down at the doorsteps ofa beginner with a flower, the symbol of love and charity, as a prize for him. The poet's petty tune has charmed His heart and mingled and become one with the great music of the world.

Critical Appreciation

      This short poem reveals a profound meaning. God is great and all powerful who loves humble and sincere lovers of His. God's abode is full of great musicians who are trying to please Him with their skills but the Almighty comes down from His throne to his lover's doorstep to appreciate him. The poet reveals the truth that scholarship and skill doesn't make a way to God but pure love and humility makes a way through which the Almighty himself come down to meet His devotee. The renunciation of pride and pure humility makes a way for the human soul to be one with divine soul and feel the ecstasy of the soul of universe.


      Melody: tune. Carol: song. Plaintive: sad Mingled: blend itself.

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