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Essay on “If Winter Comes, Can Spring be far behind?” Complete Essay for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

If Winter Comes, Can Spring be far behind?

This is the last line in the famous “ ode to the West Wind” written by the renowned Romantic Poet, P.B. Shelley. Shelley was an optimist and despite his depiction of the prevailing gloom, he believed in the final triumph of a glorious future for mankind. In his poem “Hellas,” he says,

“ The world’s great age beings anew.”

Even Tennyson, the representative poet of the Victorian age, says,

“ Ring out the old, ring in the new. “

 The same poet say,

“ Old order change, yielding place to new.”

John Keats, another Romantic poet and a contemporary of  Shelley, says

“There is budding morrow in every midnight.”

Thus, most of the poets and thinker agree that darkness and gloom cannot last for ever. Even if one taken the meaning of Shelley’s line literally, we have to realize in the context of climate, that even the cruelest winter has at last to yield to spring. Just as even the darkest night has to accept defeat at the hands of the approaching  light of the rising sun as dawn show its face in the east.

It is truly said that life is a mixture of joys and sorrows. Joys and sorrows are often compared to a pair of shoes. We do not ear only one shoe. We have to ear both the shoes. Only then the pair an be complete. Similarly, if we accept  joys, we have to accept sorrows also. There is no escape route for us from either of the two.

It is said that Gandhi ji was  note quite good at studies at school. But he had a very strong character. He was always truthful and honest. Once he refused to copy from the slate of another student the word “kettle” even when his teacher encouraged him to do so, and we all know to what unachievable heights of greatness he reached later in his life. Thus, it does not mean that a student or child who seems dull or even stupid, may actually be so. His period of dullness may not last long or forever. He may show some new faculties undiscovered in him previously.

Like Gandhi ji, Einstein and Churchill were also said to be quite dull students at school. Now , as we know, one became one of the greatest scientists of the world the other became one of the greatest statesman of the world and the most popular Englishman. How did all this happen? It was because they had some qualities which were hidden or were not evolved in their childhood. As they grew up , their qualities develops and got revealed  in  the proper atmosphere.

It all means that we should never give up hope. We should not entertain imaginary fears. We should stick to optimism in all circumstances. This is the clear and loud message that Shelley’s famous line conveys to us-

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”


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