Summary of the Poem The Rebel written by D. J. Enright.

In this article, I have explained the summary, theme, message, critical appreciation of the poem The Rebel. This is one of the most important poems of D. J. Enright. This poem is included in the course of B. A. students of The University of Punjab. With the help of this summary, a student can attempt any question about the poem of The Rebel.  

 The poem "The Rebel"

(Written by D. J. Enright)

Introduction of the poet and poem

D. J. Enright is a famous English poet. In this poem, the poet draws a picture of a rebel. He tries to look different from others. The rebel only needs the attention of people and to get that, he does stupid things. The element of humor and satire is present in this poem. 

Summary of the Poem

D. J. Enright is a famous and modern poet. He has a forceful style of narration. He portrays the rebellious nature of man. He observes that a man becomes a rebel only when things go against his desires. He makes use of convincing words to arouse sympathy for the rebels.

The rebel is never ready to follow. He is determined to dominate. He adopts ways and means to distinguish himself from others. He is never harmful and dangerous to others in his actions.

The poet presents the behavior of a young man who is an individualist. He does not want to follow the common way of action. He wants to swim against the current. But in doing so he earns the label of a rebel is not dangerous. He only wants to look prominent.

He does things in a different way. The poet is not against such revels. However, not all people would like to be called a revel in this sense.

The rebel in this poem gets his hair cut when others have long hair, but when others get their hair cut, he lets them grow long. He keeps quiet when others are discussing something in the classroom, but creates disturbance when others are silent.

When others wear a uniform, he wears fantastic clothes, but when others wear fantastic clothes, he dresses soberly. He desires rain when others desire the sun and vice versa. He praises cats when others praise dogs and vice versa. He stays at home and reads a book when others go out for a meeting. However, when others stay at home and read books, he goes out for meetings.

When others say “Yes”, he says “No”, and when others say “No”, he says “Yes”. In short, he does everything after his own heart. The poet is of the view that such reels are good for society. They show us the other way of action that is available. However, no one likes to be branded as a rebel in this sense. 

Critical Appreciation of the Poem

D. J. Enright, in this simple and humorous poem, criticizes the behavior of a young rebellious person. This is an interesting poem which is also a satirical one. This poem depicts the poet’s knowledge of human nature. In fact, this is the story of a man who wants to live with his own individuality. It shows the actions of the immaturity of rebels. The behavior of rebels is contradictory. He wants to change. He does not want to sink into the crowd of people. He always acts against normal behavior, maybe he has a complex of inferiority and insecurity so he acts in this manner to get the attention of other people. He is always eager to show off his rebellious nature.

Rebels provide colors and variety to this dull life. The poem has seven stanzas of four lines each. There is no rhyme scheme present in the poem. The style of description is like prose. The repetition of ideas and lines gives a musical touch to this poem. This is a sweet poem and has no bitterness in humor. Readers enjoy themselves by reading this humorous poem. The portrait of a rebel is keen subtle and witty.

The poet also describes the behavior of common people. Most people do not like change. They spent their lives like robots Following the traditions and customs. They think and act the same which has no variety.

In the end, the poet presented a good thought that we should put up with such revels because life will become colorless without their presence. Rebels are fun for society and they are laughing stock for serious persons. 

The message of the poem

The theme and message of the poem is that a dull and same life is boring. At the end of the poem, the poet gives us the message that rebels are good for society because they provide entertainment to the people. If a rebel does not harm society and provides fun for others, this is not a bad thing but also it is good for society. We do not follow others blindly but we should have our own individuality. We should bear and tolerate rebels of the society because they provide fun and make our life colorful. Everyone can be a rebel in the world because courage is needed to be a rebel. 

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