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A Collection of ICSE
Poems and Short Stories
Volume I — Poems

1.

Where the Mind is Without Fear

5 — 7

Rabindranath Tagore 2.

The Inchcape Rock

7 — 11

Robert Southey 3.

In the Bazaars of Hyderabad

11 — 14

Sarojini Naidu 4.

Small Pain in My Chest

14 — 17

Michael Mack 5.

The Professor

17 — 20

Nissim Ezekiel 6.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

20 — 23

Robert Frost 7.

A Doctor’s Journal Entry for August 6, 1945

23 — 26

Vikram Seth 8.

If Thou Must Love Me

26 — 29

Elizabeth Barrett Browning 9.

I Believe

29 — 30

Brucellish K Sangma 10.

A Psalm of Life

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

31 — 34

WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEAR

5

I. (i) The words ‘mind is without fear’ mean that one does not have any fear of oppression or compulsion. The poet is talking about the minds of the people of his country. He says so because his country was under the subjugation of the British, who perpetrated all sorts of oppression on his countrymen. (ii) The words ‘the head is held high’ mean to have self respect. The head is bowed down because of exploitation and oppression of the Indians by the British. It needs to be held high with pride and dignity which characterised the Indians before India was reduced to the status of a subjugated nation. (iii) By the words ‘Where knowledge is free’, the poet wants to say that in his country everyone should have the freedom to acquire knowledge without any restriction. The restrictions imposed on the spread of knowledge include

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