poet Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

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Defamation

Whey are those tears in your eyes, my child?
How horrid of them to be always scolding you for nothing!
You have stained your fingers and face with ink while writing-
is that why they call you dirty?
O, fie! Would they dare to call the full moon dirty because
it has smudged its face with ink?
For every little trifle they blame you, my child. They are
ready to find fault for nothing.
You tore your clothes while playing-is that why they call you
untidy?
O, fie! What would they call an autumn morning that smiles
through its ragged clouds?
Take no heed of what they say to you, my child.
They make a long list of your misdeeds.
Everybody knows how you love sweet things-is that why they
call you greedy?
O, fie! What then would they call us who love you?

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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  • esther chopra (10/12/2020 10:07:00 PM)

    can you explain the poem?

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/6/2019 10:11:00 AM)

    An out standing sublimation of trifle acts of a child with their comparison with nature's marvels and their presentation.

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  • sandhya (9/14/2018 8:42:00 AM)

    this is actually the so called perception of society to every other human being for nothing, just always be judgemental in other's life....why to be? ANALYZE the things not the HUMANS...

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (7/5/2018 3:31:00 PM)

    To turn a child into what they are not is defamation of the soul.

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  • Leela chatterjee (6/26/2018 2:13:00 AM)

    Loneliness is the main theme of this poem.

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  • Jaya bagavan (6/21/2018 3:05:00 AM)

    Nice poem I love this poem and ofcourse rabindranath is a great poet in our country of India

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  • Shruti (6/13/2018 10:59:00 PM)

    I love this poem most of the indian suffered from this .but ravindranath tagore is great poet

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  • Priyanshi nagar (5/29/2018 1:16:00 AM)

    I love this poem so much . very nice poem

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  • Nilakshi (5/9/2018 12:10:00 AM)

    Superb poem

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  • Nishant Tripathi (2/17/2018 2:24:00 AM)

    The poems of RN Tagore are buds among the fragrant zone.

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  • Prof. TN Tripathi (2/17/2018 2:21:00 AM)

    The poems of RN Tagore are thought - provoking.

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  • Sonali GangulySonali Ganguly (4/4/2016 12:06:00 AM)

    childhood of a india had been covered within roughness, criticism, but it keeps growing ignoring all conflicts.

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  • shalan Kurian (5/29/2015 2:07:00 AM)

    Awesome poem . It really good. I will surely show it to my mom and dad. They also so scold me for these things.

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  • Rishabh Dev (7/8/2014 5:50:00 AM)

    tagore woven this poem from pearls of his childhood memories.-great

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  • Mayuri Saxena (10/18/2005 12:58:00 PM)

    I feel in the poem 'Defamation' somewhere Tagore is trying to point out Britishers who were ruling India at that point of time. If I am correct then this vindicates that how at that point of time Indians were looked down upon. Everything has vanished now it has become history but what is left behind is the 'ART' which will survive forever...

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