Gitanjali Poem no. 59 || Summary and Analysis

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Yes, I know, this is nothing but thy love, O beloved of my heart - this golden light that dances upon the leaves, these idle clouds sailing across the sky, this passing breeze leaving its coolness upon my forehead.

The morning light has flooded my eyes - this is thy message to my heart. Thy face is bent from above, thy eyes look down on my eyes, and my heart has touched thy feet.

Yes, I know, this is nothing but thy love, O beloved of my heart - this golden light that dances upon the leaves, these idle clouds sailing across the sky, this passing breeze leaving its coolness upon my forehead.
Gitanjali Poem no. 59

Summary

      The poem is again in a tone of thankfulness of the creator. Like another lyric the light is again celebrated here. Before this lyric it is depicted as an embodiment of spiritual bliss and now in this lyric light is a symbol of love of the Almighty for His entire creation.

      The God is being addressed as his beloved. For Tagore the relation of love is more strong. He says that His love is received by everything on the earth in the disguise of light. The beautiful creation wrapped within His light is an expression of His divine love. The dancing leaves, lazy clouds sailing across the sky and the pleasant breeze blowing against the cheeks of the poet are expressing His love for man.

      The poet is enjoying the dawn, the morning light, the token of God's love for him. The morning light brings the divine message of love and joy to the poet. The poet feels that morning light is a renewal of light after its death in the darkness of night, and its glory and splendour is wonderful. When the light falls on his face he feels as if his beloved, God, is looking at him and his heart is filled with prayer, thankfulness and worship for Him.

Analysis

      Prabhat, dawn or the morning light is a symbol of emergence from the dark caverns of gloom and despair into the bright light of love, hope and joy. The poet is celebrating the love of God. He feels everything in Nature as a token of His love created by His hands with love. He believes that His creation shares His boundless love and he is very grateful for Almighty's bliss on him. He sees that love is scattered everywhere. Even Nature seems to reflect this message of love of his beloved God.

"The morning light has flooded my eyes - this is thy message to my heart. Thy face is bent from above, thy eyes look down on my eyes and my heart has touched thy feet."

      The Nature and its manifold forms, all are the manifestation of the Creator, the affectionate Father who has filled the earth with His immortal gifts. The sun, moon, stars, leaves, rivers, flowers, all are his gifts to mankind to show or express His kind love and care tor mankind. The morning light which has flooded the eyes of the poet, who regards it as a message of love from God to his heart. The poet feels as though God's face is bent upon him from heaven, and His eyes are looking lovingly on the poet's eyes. He feels as though his heart has offered obeisance at God's feet. Thus, the poem treats natural phenomena as the expression of the Infinite and contemplates a loving relationship between God and man.

Annotations

      O beloved: referring to God as his beloved. Idle: lazy, aimless.

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