The word Birpurush means "Hero" or "Brave man". A child, the protagonist of the poem, is imagining and describing a story to his mother. He is imagining that he is travelling far with his mother. The child is riding a red horse[β] and the mother is travelling on a palanquin.
In the evening when the sun is set they reach a barren place. There is not a single soul there. Even the cattle have returned home. Plodding silence reigns there. The mother is a bit afraid and wonders where they have arrived! The child assures her and tells there is small river ahead.[γ] The mother sees a shimmering light and asks her son about it. Suddenly they hear the cry "Ha re, re re, re re"[δ] as a band of dacoits attacks their caravan. The mother shivers inside the palanquin; the palanquin-bearers hide in the bush. The son assures the mother, and confronts the dacoits courageously. A fantastic fight follows in which the son emerges victorious. The son returns to mother who kisses his forehead and thanks.
The imagination now turns from this event as the poet wonders why some exciting thing like this does not actually happen in the mundane way of real life! It would be like an adventure story that would fascinate everybody.
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- "Tagore Poem | Birpurush - The Brave man". WBRi. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
- Abu Saeed Zahurul Haque (1967). Folklore in the nationalist thought and literary expression of Rabindranath Tagore. Indiana University. p. 259. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
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