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Allama Iqbals idea of the modern man presented in his poem Modern Man also comparing it to the poem God and Man.

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Submitted by: Anam Raheel Semester V Submitted to: Ms. Qudsia Sajjad Course title: Allama Iqbal (poetry) Iqbal's idea of the modern man presented in his poem "Modern Man" also comparing it to the poem "God and Man". Modern Man LOVE fled, Mind stung him like a snake; he could not Force it to vision's will. He tracked the orbits of the stars, yet could not Travel his own thoughts' world; Entangled in the labyrinth of his science Lost count of good and ill; Took captive the sun's rays, and yet no sunrise On life's thick night unfurled. Allama Iqbal can be regarded as one of the poets who simply did not fix his ideas and works on certain themes but had always kept the variety of goals and discussions in front of him. He talked of almost everything ranging from God, man, nature, religion etc and in his poem "Modern Man" we see him defining the man in the new world he has created around himself. This has been compared with the poem "God and Man", where Iqbal shows both the God and the man conversing and answering each other. It is clear how evolution takes place in every age and every stage of human life. ...read more.


With this comes the dilemma of the modern man where he is caught in a constant spiral of choices and decisions. We can also relate this to the character of "Aasmaani" in Kamila Shamsie's "Broken Verses" where her mind is not read to accept the reality and she has no control over it. The beginning words "love fled" introduce us to the sensitive and romantic side of Iqbal, use of the word "love" shows the significance he attaches with it. It portrays that evil prevails where there is no love. He makes use of cosmic images like "orbits", "stars", "sunrays", "sunrise" etc and a lot of natural imagery like "garden tree", "singing bird", "mountain-peak", "flower-bed" in "God and Man". Again we see his dominant side towards nature, its beauty and its essence. He also mentions a lot of combinations of words depicting opposite nature and meaning, such as "travel", "tracked" coming with words like "captive" and "labyrinth", thus portraying his vastness of views. He talks of the futility of a man's works and deeds which seem so great on the outer side but at times are of no help. His poem "God and Man" reads "You shaped the axe to hew the garden tree, you wove the cage to hold the singing bird" thus showing the possible living agony man can create for himself and others around him. ...read more.


The process of thinking and reasoning is definitely given significance before some act shatters the life and dreams of an individual. The spiritual journey is also highlighted in the second quote. The importance of man being created by God, and his subjugation towards Him does come in and its acceptance is rightly important on a human's part. Deceptive concepts have created the lawlessness in the life of a modern man. The passion and instinct should better be ruled before they rule us. Everything in this world and man himself with his efforts is heading towards achieving some goal or the other which needs the assistance of morals and values, thus we should get rid of the demi-gods and the insanity of power the world worships. The modern man caught in this world punctuated with social, political and financial crisis which give the gift of a never-ending worry to the human heart. Ignorance breeds fear and fear breeds oppression at all levels. Speaking specifically, Iqbal was frustrated by the lack of movement in the intellectual and spiritual life of people. His fiery dream was to regenerate the fire of the unique human personality on the path of creative growth, repair and renewal, as he says: 'The stars tremble in their courses over man's upward march, Lest this fallen star should become the perfect moon.' ...read more.

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