Where the Mind is Without Fear... |English poem|

Where the Mind is Without Fear...

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was the author of 
Gitanjali and its ‘profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful 
verse’. He became the first non-European to win the 
Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
This poem is one of his vastly read and discussed 
poem. It was originally composed in Bengali and later 
he himself translated it into English. This poem is from 
his Nobel Prize winning anthology ‘Gitanjali’.
Tagore lived during the time when India was ruled by 
the British. In this poem, besides political freedom from 
British, Tagore also appeals to God for social, educational 
and economic freedom for the people of India.


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 Tagor

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