Comparision and Contrast between Sri Aurobindos two poems, "The Mother of Dreams" and "Invitation"

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The Similar Differences Between Two Greats

Many interpretations have been derived from Sri Aurobindo's poems, "The Mother of Dreams" and "Invitation". These two poems depict a man in a suppressed mental state with a classical sense of imagination. In this essay the reader is introduced to some of the many interpretations of these two poems. As they vary in certain areas, these two poems show a sense of unique style. The two poems, " The Mother of Dreams" and "Invitation", both written by Sri Aurobindo while in the Alipur jail, show intense imagination and detailed description, with vivid sensory details, but both vary in the sense that the themes, tones, and styles differ.

Sri Aurobindo was born on April 20, 1904, in India. His family was very religious, so obviously their religious views reflected on to him. He began writing poetry when he was fourteen and continued throughout his life.

He joined a religious monastery when he was twenty-three, but later he left to seek more enlightenment for his creativity. In 1949 he was arrested in a protest and sentenced to two years in the Alipur jail. In 1950 he wrote the two poems, "The Mother of Dreams" and "Invitation". He was forty-six and in a solitary state, which eventually influenced these two poems greatly. (Wikipedia #7 pp.2-3)(Ashram #3 p.1)(Absolute Astronomy #1 p.3)

The poem, "Invitation", depicts life as an imaginative journey. This poem describes the test and trails that humans go through in their everyday lives. He uses rugged terrains, Like mountains, hills, and moorlands, to describe the struggles that we as human beings go through. He uses his present state of solitary confinement to motivate this piece, and depict the high points, "kingdoms", of his future life.

As in "Invitation", the poem, "The Mother of Dreams" was...