Synopsis of the poem
persona in the poem is an old soldier. He is tired as he is old and
weak. He and his people suffered in the past in their fight for freedom
of their country and they made many sacrifices. People lost their lives
and some remain nameless or unknown.
persona, who believes that he will be in the wheelchair for the rest
his life says he can only watch the happenings around him. Physically,
he is helpless and he has no energy left. He was either seriously
injured when he was a soldier or is very ill. He finds that times have
changed and being a crippled man, it is too challenging for him to fight
the injustice he sees around him. He is troubled by many lies being
highly spirited, he calls on the younger generation to wake up and
fight on. They have to realise that they have to form lines or ranks
irrespective of racial, religious and social differences to fight
courageously for justice. He wants the young people who inherited the
country's freedom to be united and denounce lies which may threaten the
persona feels helpless that he is not heard. He urges the younger
generation to fight or speak up for what is right because it is now
their turn to do so.
poem is set after indenpence. The persona feels that the independence
he has struggled for is now threatened by subversive elements.
Tone and mood
the first stanza, the tone indicates that the persona is sad and weary
because he is old and weak. The persona is also melancholic, reflecting
on his past sacrifices he made for the country's independence.
In the second stanza, the persona voices his helplessness, anger and contempt because his country is facing threats.
tone used in the third stanza is serious and demanding. The persona
urges the present generation to form a united front to uphold the
freedom that he and many others has fought for.
The persona ends by insisting that the younger generation continues to fight against injustice because he can no longer do so.
is one of the themes of this poem. The people in this country have made
a lot of sacrifices to fight for their freedom. They have achieved
independence but now there are other threats such as deceit. This
affects the country's safety. The persona calls on the younger
generation to fight for justice and to speak up against deceit.
theme is being courageous. In the past, people made many sacrifices and
fought bravely with the country's enemies for their freedom. Now, the
persona urges the younger generation to be brave and fight against other
threats in the c ountry. He tells them to stand up and speak with