Imagery in poem where the mind is without fear

In his poem "Where the Mind is Without Fear,"?Rabindranath Tagoreuses clear visual and sensory descriptions to ensure that the reader understands the struggle for identity and freedom as it exists physically and spiritually. His poem is a plea or prayer and he wishes for "ever widening thought."

Tagore uses alliteration throughout, and in the first line the emphasis is on a proud people as "the head is held high." Other examples are when he mentions how "tireless striving stretches..." The pace created by the repeated "s" sound gives the sense of many years of struggle. This is not going to be attained easily. When Tagore talks of the "dreary desert sand of dead habit," the repeated "d" sound helps the reader to imagine the stunted and fruitless attempts of others to prevent the attainment of this place of freedom where there is no fear. Finally, when Tagore says, "...freedom, my Father," through the repeated f-sound he is associating real freedom with spiritual freedom as the one would be worthless without the other.?

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