The First Poem I Ever Read

I had no idea about poetry when I came across this poem. I’d always thought poetry was boring and monotonous, and it was this poem that proved me wrong, and I’ve been in love ever since….(with poetry I mean πŸ˜‰ :p).

The poet is Rabindranath Tagore and the poem is from a collection of his called “Gitanjali”.

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WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEAR

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

– Rabindranath Tagore

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24 thoughts on “The First Poem I Ever Read

    1. I read the English translation too πŸ™‚ planning to learn Bengali and read the original version πŸ™‚
      And the Gitanjali is a good place to start, amazing collection of poems, I just love it! πŸ™‚

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  1. This is a very beautiful poem, and one I’d never come across. I can certainly see how it would grab hold of the mind. πŸ™‚

    I think the first poem I read that really stuck with me was The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost.

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