Birpurush (poem)

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"Birpurush" (Bengali: বীরপুরুষ) (The Hero) is a Bengali poem written by Rabindranath Tagore. The poem depicts a child fantasising that he saves his mother from dacoits.[1][2]

In the evening when the sun is set they reach a barren place. There is not a single soul there. Even the cattle have returned home. Plodding silence reigns there. The mother is a bit afraid and wonders where they have arrived! The child assures her and tells there is a small river ahead.[a] The mother sees a shimmering light and asks her son about it. Suddenly they hear the cry "Ha re, re re, re re"[b] as a band of dacoits attacks their caravan. The mother shivers inside the palanquin; the palanquin-bearers hide in the bush. The son assures the mother, and confronts the dacoits courageously. A fight follows in which the son emerges victorious. The son returns to mother who kisses his forehead and thanks him.

The imagination now turns from this event as the poet wonders why some exciting thing like this does not actually happen in the mundane way of real life! It would be like an adventure story that would fascinate everybody.


  1. ^ Bengali: মরা নদীর সোঁতা
  2. ^ Bengali: হাঁরে রে রে রে রে।


  1. ^ Manjula Datta (18 April 2001). Bilinguality and Literacy: Principles and Practice. Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 4–. ISBN 978-0-8264-4840-8. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tagore Poem | Birpurush - The Brave man". WBRi. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 

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