Analysis 16

Or, so, the voice of the country seems to complain.
I can’t help owning the great relief it would be
To put these people at one stroke out of their pain…

Meaning
  • The voice of the country – Cry of the poor villagers
  • I can’t help owning the great relief it would be – I keep on feeling an unreal relief of the villagers
  • At one stroke – Instantly
Questions & Answers
  1. What is the voice of the country?
    The voice of the country is that the rich people have no concern for them, and that they are being exploited, cheated and given false promises by the parties in power, and that there is no end for their miseries.
  2. Why can’t the poet help ‘own’ the relief of helping the poor out of their poverty at one stroke?
    The poet wants to see that the poor people are given some kind of help and support by the rich people but he knows that this would not happen. When he fails to see this, he allows himself to dream that these poor people have been helped by some supernatural powers to alleviate their miseries.
  3. What kind of a relief does the poet dream for the poor people?
    The poet dreams of a supernatural help for the poor people, a touch of magic or the like, so that the poor people will be redeemed from their state of poverty and misery instantly.
  4. Why does the poet seek an unrealistic solution for the poor people’s distress even though he himself blamed them earlier for their ‘childish longing in vain?’
    The poet, unlike the greedy good-doers, genuinely wishes to get the poor people out of their pain, poverty and endless miseries but he is sad and helpless to see that there is no one to help them come out of their poverty. This helplessness drives the poet to seek an unrealistic solution for the poor people’s misery.

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    • rohit Kumar

    • October 14, 2017

    It is very useful for us

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