BA English Notes: Poem, Tartary Explanation

TARTARY

WALTER DE LA MARE:

 

 

Explanation lines (1-8)

Reference: These lines have been taken from the poem “Tartary” written by Walter De La Mare.

Context: This poem is a journey into the realm of imagination. The poet wants to become a ruler of an imaginative (خیالاتی) land. It is very colourful and romantic (رومانوی) land. The land is full of many beautiful sights. He wants to enjoy various comforts and luxuries (عیش و عشرت) of land, for example, an ivory bed and golden throne. The poet uses impressive images and word pictures to present his ideal world to himself and others.    

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Explanation:

The poet wishes to be the lord of Tartary. He would be the sole king and decide the matters without any help. His bed would not be simple, but it would be special, and would be made of ivory. Simultaneously, (اسی کیساتھ) his throne would be made by pure gold. Different birds and animals would roam (گھومنا) in his territory. Peacock, tigers, lions, zebras would be moving here and there in his court. Different kinds of fish would be swimming in his pools and different colours would be visible from their fins.

Actually the poet is flying high in his dreams; he is making his imaginary world like Utopia of Sir Thomas Moore, or Coleridge’s Xanadu [the poem referred to be “Kubla Khan”].

Explanation lines (9-16)

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Explanation:

The poet increases and wishes more dreams. As a king, he would not be called to the meat in a simple way, but trumpeters would summon him in a special way. There would be great hustle and bustle (رونق) in his court. The King’s court would be decorated with glorious lights. These lights would be yellow as honey, and red as wine. The singers would perform at night. The music would be excellent. The music would make the atmosphere very sweet and gay.

 The poet is painting well his dreams. He is traveling in the realm (سلطنت) of imagination. All these dreams even fancy the reader.

Explanation lines (17-24)

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Explanation:  

The poet, as a king of Tartary would enjoy himself everything. He would wear a colorful and impressive dress. There would be different beads on his dress; their colors would be white, gold and green. The beads would be so closed as the seed in a flower. The king would wear his dress before, vanishing; morning star. There would be scimitar in his hand. The king’s carriage would be pulled by seven zebras instead of horses. The king would roam in Tartar’s glades.

Explanation lines (25-32)

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The poet, in last stanza, shows his love with nature. In his dreamy and imaginative land likes the beauty of nature. As a king of Tartary he would be the sole king of beautiful rives that’s water would be silver-pale! He would enjoy beautiful hills of the land of Tartary, that’s glen, thicket forest make charming scenes and its trembling lakes would attract everybody. His beautiful streams would also full of scented breeze that make very beautiful atmosphere as like foamless seas. In is purple vale there would different beautiful birds sing attractive songs in delighting citron trees. .  

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