Subramanya Bharathi

(11 December 1882 - 11 September 1921 / Ettayapuram, Madras Presidency / India)

Freedom - Poem by Subramanya Bharathi

When will this thirst for freedom slake?
When will our love of slavery die?
When will our Mother's fetters break?
When will our tribulations cease?

Wasn't there another Bharat
Reared by our noble Aryan race?
Lead us, Aryan, to victory!
Is't right we remain slaves?

Are famine and disease alone our share?
For whom, then, are the laurels and fruits?
Will you abandon us, your suppliants?
Can the mother cast her child aside?

Brave warrior! Aryan Lord!
Thou destroyer of the demon-race,
Where is your dharma? Isn't yours the duty
To revive us, and chase Fear away?

[Translated into English By S. Prema]


Comments about Freedom by Subramanya Bharathi

  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (11/4/2019 7:59:00 PM)

    Very strongly expressed. I just wonder who Bharat and the Aryan are in fact.
    We all want freedom: no one wants to be a slave. You are so right in
    your rhetorical questions.
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  • Malabika Ray ChoudhuryMalabika Ray Choudhury (11/4/2019 3:06:00 PM)

    An exquisitely powerful poem! (Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (11/4/2019 9:53:00 AM)

    My Namaskaram To a great freedom fighter, humanitarian and poet. It’s a pleasure to know more about this great spiritual being. Thank you PoemHunter for bringing his poetry out. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (11/4/2019 4:04:00 AM)

    When will this thirst for freedom slake?
    When will our love of slavery die? ../// great asking
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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (11/4/2019 1:32:00 AM)

    Great invocation for Freedom of Nation indeed! (Report)Reply

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  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (11/4/2019 12:43:00 AM)

    A plea for liberation and freedom. Beautiful. (Report)Reply

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  • Paresh ChakraParesh Chakra (11/29/2018 3:12:00 AM)

    It is a very powerful poem (Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (11/4/2018 9:15:00 AM)

    My humble obeisance to these great poet warriors. It is because of their sacrifices that we relish the fruit of freedom. (Report)Reply

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (11/4/2018 5:56:00 AM)

    A powerful write on freedom and against slavery
    Every stanza stands out.
    Liked the closure line.
    Beautifully crafted and well executed.
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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (11/4/2018 5:07:00 AM)

    The original poem 'Freedomby Subramanya Bharathi and translated by S.Prema is really a beautiful poem regarding Bharat. (Report)Reply

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  • Nadia Umber LodhiNadia Umber Lodhi (11/4/2018 2:48:00 AM)

    آزادی کے لیے برصغیر کے باشندوں نے بے شمار قربانیاں دی (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (11/4/2018 2:15:00 AM)

    'Chase Fear away'! !

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (11/4/2018 1:07:00 AM)

    beautifully written and beautiful translation-

    Brave warrior! Aryan Lord!
    Thou destroyer of the demon-race,
    Where is your dharma? Isn't yours the duty
    To revive us, and chase Fear away?
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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (11/4/2018 1:22:00 AM)

    Inspiring freedom movement poem by Bharathi, the Shelleyianist of India! (Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (11/4/2018 12:36:00 AM)

    A forceful patriotic call for freedom of our nation. Hats off to the boldness and clarity of thoughts. (Report)Reply

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  • Ibidapo Ayomide Spartacus (12/23/2017 12:13:00 AM)

    What a brave poem (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012



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