Cognitive study of image schema and dying-mind in Tagore's near-death experience (NDE) poems

Mohammad Shalauddin, Mohammed Shamsul Hoque, Touhid Bhuiyan

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This study aims at analyzing image schemas (Johnson, 1987) and stages of grief (Kubler-Ross, 1969) in Tagore's near-death experience (NDE) poems written in the last ninety days before his death. Selected verses of the period in question are analyzed using benchmarks set by Johnson and Kubler-Ross. Relation between the schemas and some linguistic forms, themes and moods of these poems are also analyzed. Findings include Dying-mind is centered to self and influences the type and frequency of all the schemas within it. Similar mental stages of grief-Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance - are also found in the NDE poems. Though death is depicted by Tagore even to the stature of "Shyam" in his earlier poems, it is presented as "A moving screen of varied fears" in the end, which is supported by the theory of Kubler-Ross.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-320
Number of pages18
JournalRupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Image schema
  • Kubler-Ross model
  • NDE poems
  • Tagore


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