What is the theme of the poem The last Bargain?
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Following are the main themes in the poem The Last Bargain:
Worldly Pleasures are Fake
The speaker is offered power, wealth and beauty. However he finds them worthless and short living. For him, these worldly things do not give peace and joy to the soul. A king is always feared of losing his power, a wealthy man is always feared of losing his wealth and a beautiful girl is always feared of losing her beauty. Hence he rejects them all.
The speaker finds that giving up worldly desires and quest for materialistic things is what give the real joy and peace to the soul. The innocence, truth and freedom from worries in the child attracts the speaker and readily accepts what the child offers him i.e. nothing. He feels liberated and independent of clutches of the world and worldly things.
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“The Last Bargain” by Tagore is a sixteen lines poem composed in blank verse conveying a strong message well needed for the materialistic world that “no power, money or lust can make us happy”.