Vocation Summary Analysis and Explanation

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Vocation Summary Analysis and Explanation By Rabindranath Thakur

About the poet Rabindranath Thakur

Poet Name Rabindranath Thakur
Born 7 May 1861, Kolkata
Died 7 August 1941, Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Kolkata
Artworks Dancing Woman, Woman’s Face
On view National Gallery of Modern Art
Rabindranath Thakur

Vocation Summary of the Poem

The poet speaks about his childhood day. He was attracted with liberty enjoyed by a bangle seller, a gardener and a watchman. He was jealous, as he could not have that freedom.

He wanted to be free from routine and schedule forced upon him. He wanted to bask in the sunshine and to get drenched in the rain. He wanted to play with his shadow.

The poet leaves for school at the sound of gong when it struck ten. The child passes through his lane everyday and come across a hawker. The hawker sells bangle. He seems to be in no hurry as he need not to reach anywhere quite opposite to the poet.

The statements imply that the child has to follow various schedule and timings. He wanted to enjoy the freedom enjoyed by the bangle seller.

He also compares his life with a gardener who works in a house. When he returns from school at four, he envies the life of the gardener and he wishes if he were a gardener.

The poet finds him enjoying playing with the tools, nobody stops him from basking in the sun. His clothes get soiled with dust, he enjoys rain too. Whereas the poet is questioned and often directed.

The boy talks about the life and routine of a watchman. The watchman enjoys his freedom at night but mother of the poet puts him to bed in the late evenings.

The watchman roams around in the streets enjoying full liberty. He swings his lantern and roams around. The poet wishes to lead life of a watchman. The poet longs for freedom.

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