1. TARTARY

 

Q.1.     What kind of land the poet has described in the poem Tartary? Or     What kind of feelings do you have after reading this poem?

 

In this poem, the poet has presented an imaginary world that cannot exist in real life. Actually the poet is fed up with the anxieties and tensions of life and wants to escape in a world where he may fulfill all his desires. This imaginary land satisfies his lust for being a superior without having any tension. Now for a moment if we consider this imaginary world, we shall also be pleasantly surprised. Mountains, deep valleys, fruit trees, chanting birds, flashing lakes all these things make this land so attractive that we want to fly away in this world immediately. The description is so much attractive that we the readers also become spellbound while reading this poem and feel as if we were also wandering about along with the poet. So the poet has presented an imaginary and an ideal world that is worth praising and worth living. 148

 

Q.2.   What are the desires of the poet in the poem Tartary?

Or       Tartary presents a charming land of delight. Elaborate 2005 (s) GI

Or       What Does De La Mare want to do if he were the king of Tartary? 2005(s) GII

Or       The hero’s dreams are pure, innocent, and unharmful. Elaborate 2006

Or       Tartary as a dream of a happy healthy child. 2007 GII (S)

 

            The poet tells us about the desires he likes to cherish and the comforts he likes to enjoy if he were the lord of Tartary. He will like to be its sole owner and will not let anyone share its beauty or comforts.

Tartary, a land of dream, beauty, and fertility is replete with unheard and unseen delights. The poet desires and dreams to have a bed made of ivory, throne made of beaten gold, court full of dancing peacocks, forests full of roaming tigers, and pools teemed with great fishes. In the evening his palace will be illuminated with lamps “yellow as honey” and “red as wine”.

He imagines himself wearing a robe clustered with pearls of gold of green and white colour,  holding a  curved sword in his hand and riding a chariot driven by seven Zebras. He is fond of music and enjoys harp, flute, and mandolin. He also desires to derive pleasure from the natural beauty and charming objects of Tartary.

The silver pale rivers, hills, valleys, woods, twinkling stars, clear lakes, foamless seas, and scented breeze will make his state more beautiful. So his all dreams and desires are pure, innocent, and un-harmful. 198

 

Q.3.   Describe if you were the Lord of Tartary, What kind of feelings or desires you would like to have?

 

            Not only the imaginary land of Tartary but also the description of the desires of the poet are so attractive that we feel like flying away to this land leaving all our worries in this world. Anyhow if I were the lord of Tartary definitely I would like to have the same kind of desires that the poet has described. Apart from that, I would also like to have other motives. If I were the lord of Tartary it would be my utmost effort to take great pains for the welfare of the masses of my kingdom. I would not enclose myself within the four walls of my grand palace rather I would try my best to share sorrows and joys of my people. So these are my feeling and desires as the lord of Tartary. 136

 

Q.4.   Tartary is a journey to imagination to an imaginary land. Discuss Or Discuss Tartary as a romantic poem. 2004 GII

Or       How will the poet change his dreams into reality? 2009I or I

Or       Pick out all the color words the poet has used. What effect do these color words create?

 

            Tartary is a romantic and fanciful poem. It is an imaginative journey of the poet into the land of Tartary replete with colors and images. Imagination is the basic feature of a romantic attitude. The poet uses the sublimity and power of his imaginations to create an ideal world where everything is pleasant, perfect, delightful and soothing.

The poet, Walter De La Mare, imagines himself, in this poem as the “Lord of Tartary”. Tartary, a land of dream, beauty, and fertility is replete with unheard and unseen delights. He desires to have a bed made of an ivory, throne made of beaten gold, court full of dancing peacocks, forests full of roaming tigers, and pools teemed with great fishes. In the evening his palace will be illuminated with lamps “yellow as honey” and “red as wine”. He imagines himself wearing a robe clustered with pearls of gold of green and white color, holding a curved sword in his hand and riding a chariot driven by seven Zebras. He is fond of music and enjoys harp, flute, and mandolin. He also desires to derive pleasure from the natural beauty and charming objects like the silver pale rivers, hills, valleys, woods, twinkling stars, clear lakes, foamless seas, and scented breeze of Tartary. 210.

 

Q.5.   What in your opinion is the most fanciful image?

 

The poet uses many images to make the poem rich and beautiful. Some of the images used are a bed of ivory, the throne of beaten gold, flaunting peacocks, haunting tigers, fins athwart the sun, yellow as honey, red as wine, clustered thick as seeds, trembling lakes, the silver pale rivers, hills, valleys, woods, twinkling stars, foamless seas, and scented breeze. All theses images seem real but he most imaginary and fanciful image is “And zebras seven should draw my car, through Tartary’s dark glades.”

The royal carriages are usually driven by horses, not by zebras. It is only the fancy of the poet, a thing that never has happened. This fantastic and ideal image transports the reader to the unreal world of dreams of Arabian Nights. It is only the poet’s fantasy that can never be materialized. Poet uses the sublimity and power of his thoughts or imaginations to create an ideal world where there is not an unpleasant thing.

Context:

In this poem, the poet has presented an imaginary world that cannot exist in real life. This imaginary land satisfies his lust for being a superior without having any tension. The poet tells us about the desires he likes to cherish and the comforts he likes to enjoy if he were the lord of Tartary. He will like to be its sole owner and will not let anyone share its beauty or comforts.

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