'Closed Path' - a poem by R.N. Tagore

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore that falls on 9th May, I would like to share with my esteemed readers one of his poems.


I thought that my voyage had come to its end
at the last limit of my power,---that the path before me was closed,
that provisions were exhausted
and the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity.

But I find that thy will knows no end in me.
And when old words die out on the tongue,
new melodies break forth from the heart;
and where the old tracks are lost,
new country is revealed with its wonders.

Rabindranath Tagore What a wonderful piece of poetry! The title 'Closed Path' might be a pointer toward a hint of pessimism because of the word 'closed'. But the poem ends on a very positive note and therein lies the beauty of the poem. The poem moves from pointing towards a hint of pessimism because of the word 'closed'. But the poem ends of a very positive note. The poem is a wonderful moving from the shades of pessimism by assuming that the 'voyage had come to its end' in the first stanza, to a very optimistic one in the second stanza where 'new country is revealed with its wonders'. I hope you enjoy reading this poem. And do share your views about the poem here.

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