An Ordinary Person

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The poem An Ordinary Person by Rabindranath Tagore is about how humans do not appreciate the things around them and how they want the things that they do not have. The poem also shows how humans are constantly attracted to things that are foreign to them.
The literary device allegory is very important to this poem. The poem could be seen as a poem a poem about a man simply going to the future and becoming the center of attention because he has been resurrected. However, the poem could also be interpreted as how humans do not see the extraordinary things in the world around them and how they don’t seem to care about their ordinary world. In the poem, the peasant man seems to be sent into the future, where everyone adores him. All the people, “besiege him on all sides,” and take every word from his mouth. They are eager to know everything about him because, to them, he is extraordinary. This relates to real life where humans do not see or care for the average people around them. The peasant, like everyone else, is extraordinary even though they are not usually seen as anything but normal. The poem shows the flaw in humans, where it takes a work for people to see someone in a different light.
The rhythm of the poem is also important. When reading the poem, the poem first seems to starts off steady and slow. Then, near line eight, the rhythm of the poem picks up and seems more demanding. The words feel sharp and the come out very fast and emotionally. It feels as if though the poem is taking the words out the reader mouth and is forcing them to understand. Then, as quick as it came, the emotional feeling fades away in the last two lines and instead it all feels calm again. This is important to the theme of the poem in many ways. The way that the rhythm suddenly picks up near the middle of the poem and then suddenly dies out again is very significant. This sudden…...

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