ISC English -Crosing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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  1. Jhilmil Das says:

    Sir can you please write the answer of the question-
    1. discuss the poem crossing the bar by Tennyson as a journey of life into death.
    Word limit- 300.
    Please write it soon. It’s very urgent.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      OK. I will try to send it by this evening.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Edit it yourself to suit your needs.
      Crossing the Bar by Tennyson..
      Every mortal is born to die. This is the rule of the Creator. In fact, the stroll to the grave starts the moment the child sees the light of the world. Life can be fleeting, or monotonously long. Life can be joyous, or insufferably painful. For most people, life is punctuated by triumphs and defeats, successes and failures, or suffering and joy. No matter how the journey of life is, its course is set by God, the Pilot in Tennyson’s words. It is very clear that the author has submitted himself to the ‘Pilot’ to take him through the last stages of his life. After an eventful life that brought umpteen accolades and admirers, Tennyson seems to see the end coming. He lived a ‘full’ life, won the hearts and minds of his countless readers, and left an indelible imprint in the sands of time. Now, he seems to want no more. He sees unseen dangers and uncertainties ahead, and feels powerless to negotiate his path through them. This is why, he beseeches the ‘Pilot’ to escort him to the end – the dark domain from which no one has ever returned.
      Tagore had said, “Meetings and partings is the go of the world.” Humans come and go. The void left by one departed is soon filled by a new arrival. So, grieving for the gone is futile. Tennyson wants his admirers not to moan his demise, nor mourn his passing away. That they loved him during his life time is good enough for the poet. He does not want to leave a trail of sorrow or loss in the minds of his readers.
      The only desire he professes is to leave this world smoothly, with no fanfare, or turmoil. He wants the Pilot to carry him through the shore’s tidal waters with the minimum of fear.
      For a lay human being, Tennyson outlines a profound philosophical lesson through the lines of this poem “Crossing the bar”. He sings the praise of detachment, pleads for submission to the Almighty, and the Buddhist’s penchant for shunning of worldly pleasures. It is poem that radiates goodness, wisdom, and truth.

  2. Jhilmil Das says:

    Thank you sir for the answers.

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