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He Came to Know Himself Poem Explanation of Stanzas

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This post contains 1st Year English He Came to Know Himself Poem Explanation of Stanzas for Class 11 Students. This poem is written by Suchal Sarmast and placed at No.15 in 11th English Book 3. I have taken these notes from kips notes. I will suggest students to go here to get all poems notes. However, students who are looking for English Book 1 notes should visit this post.

1st Year English Poem 15 He Came to Know Himself by Suchal Sarmast Explanation of Lines

Reference

These lines have been taken from the poem, “He Came to Know Himself” by Sachal Sarmast.

Context

The poem reveals a mystic belief that God comes to the earth in the guise of His true lovers. True lovers do not hesitate to face miseries. Trials and tribulations strengthen their faith in God. They sacrifice their lives, status and worldly benefits.

Explanation of Stanza No.1

The poet narrates here a mystic belief that God comes in this world in the guise of His lovers to show the true spirit of love to God. God is the Creator and man is His creation. What should be the relations of man and God and how much intensity God’s love demands was the purpose to be in the guise of man. To know and show how much love man has for God and what true spirit should be to love God, he gets down from the heavens and entangles in love. He realizes who loves God more than all his belongings, relations and status. He realizes it and blesses his lovers His eternal love.

Explanation of Stanza No.2

To support his mystic belief, the poet quotes examples of some true lovers of God Almighty. He says that to show extreme love, God Almighty came down from the heaven on this earth in the guise of Mansur. Mansur Hallaj was a saint who loved God Almighty so much that he forgot his own self and in God-drunk state said “I am God”. He was hanged. According to the poet, God showed that in love of God miseries should be faced manfully. His lovers face all the miseries and hardships with smiling face. They do not hesitate to lay down their lives in deep love for God Almighty.

Critical Appreciation

The poet has used the metaphor of cascade to describe the flow of love. Both man and a cascade follow the trajectory of above to below to show their power. The alliterative sound in the phrases ‘high heaven’, ‘Mansur to mount’ and ‘to have His head’ add to the flow and rhythm of these lines. Mansur is the symbol of intense love.

Explanation of Stanza No.3

Here the poet gives the example of Hazrat Yousaf (A.S) who was sold as a slave in the bazaar of Egypt. In deep love of God Almighty, he did not care his status and submitted his will totally to God. The poet shows that lovers of God sacrifice their status. They only remain happy and drunk in God’s love forgetful of their own selves. The poet asserts that in the guise of these lovers of God, God himself comes on the earth. To conclude the poem, he says that when he speaks of God’s presence on earth in the form of his lovers, it is undoubtedly true.

Critical Appreciation

The alliterative sound in the phrases ‘sold for a slave’ and ‘Sachu speaks’ add to the flow and rhythm of these lines. There is an allusion to the Prophet Hazrat Yousaf (A.S) who was sold for a slave. If Mansur is the symbol of intense love, Hazrat Yousaf (A.S) is the symbol of beauty. Both these qualities make an ideal man.

What is the Main Idea of He Came to Know Himself Poem?

The poem is a presentation of mystic belief that God comes to the earth in guise of his true lovers to show the true spirit that is needed to love God. True lovers do not hesitate to face miseries. Trials and tribulations strengthen their faith in God Almighty. They sacrifice their lives, status and worldly benefits.

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