Gitanjali Poem 62 no. || Summary and Analysis

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When I bring to you coloured toys, my child, I understand why there is such a play of colours on clouds, on water, and why flowers are painted in tints - when I give coloured toys to you, my child.

When I sing to make you dance I truly know why there is music in leaves, and why waves send their chorus of voices to the heart of the listening earth - when I sing to make you dance.

When I bring sweet things to your greedy hands I know why there is honey in the cup of the flower and why fruits are secretly filled with sweet juice - when I bring sweet things to your greedy hands.

When I kiss your face to make you smile, my darling, I surely understand what the pleasure is that streams from the sky in morning light, and what delight that is which the summer breeze brings to my body - when I kiss you to make you smile.

When I sing to make you dance I truly know why there is music in leaves, and why waves send their chorus of voices to the heart of the listening earth - when I sing to make you dance.
Gitanjali Poem no. 62

Summary

      The poem depicts the understanding of poet about the mystery of creation. The theme of childhood is in flow again and besides it emerges out the hidden mystery of Creator's creation. The poet, as a parent compares the joy of his child with the beautiful colours of clouds, on water and the different shades of painted flowers. The poet feels that when he brings the child coloured toys, the Nature is filled with glow at his child's joy.

      Similarly when the poet sings to make his child dance , the leaves are also waving with music. The waves, too shares the joy of child and send their chorus of voices to the heart of the listening earth. The sweet things brought by the poet to put in the hand of his child fills the flower with honey and fruits with juice. The Nature is accompanying the joy and mirth of child. The pleasure flows from the sky in the morning light and the summer breeze brings the delight when the child's face is glowed with a beautiful smile being kissed by the poet.

Critical Analysis

      Tagore is still in the same mood, he is glorifying the child. The joy of child has given an understanding and he is able to reveal the profound mystery behind the creation. On one hand the poet illustrated that all beauty of nature is hidden in the joy of child. If a child smiles and dances with happiness, the whole Nature is in gay mood. On the other hand the poet suggests that the beautiful creation - the Nature - colourful clouds, flowers, sweet juicy fruits and sweet morning light and cool pleasant breezes all are for the delight and entertainment of His children. Like poet, God too, pleases His child, man with the gift of Nature. God takes joy in creating beautiful things because like human parents it gives Him pleasure to see His children happy. The colourful toys of child are compared with the colours of clouds, embellished flowers. The dance of child is compared with the musical notes of leaves. The chorus of voices emerging out of the waves and with it rejoicing the earth. These beautiful comparisons are enhancing the poem's beauty besides its simplicity and suggestiveness.

Annotations

      Tints: bright shades. Chorus: group. My darling: referring to his child.

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