A Race of Joy by Shahryar Rashed: Summary and Analysis

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A Race of Joy Poem by Shahryar Rashed:

I yearn to see smiling faces

Sparkling eyes and restless feet

Young and old dallying

On a clean and dedicated street

To the beat of a full heart rallying.


I long to hear the more gentle screams

Of a dear child in a wind-swept park

Drowning the shrieks of orphans that are

Mauled and muscled by a city shark

Or napalmed nailed and buried in tar


I want to touch old broken maces

Twisted guns in empty museums

People who remember all their loves

Rusted tanks in dark coliseums

Frequented only by wanton doves


I yearn to smell the perfume of peace

Far from the fungi of war

I long to taste the waters of bliss

Without lamenting dried up lips nor

Parched minds that take no notice


I want to know what it really means

To listen to explosions of mirth

To sing songs of wispy innocence

To watch the sad earth give birth

To sprightly race of joy but once.

A Race of Joy Introduction:

The poem ‘A Race of Joy’ by Shahryar Rashed is a poem if imagination and desires. The poem depicts the idealistic state which Shahryar Rashed dreams of. The poem is nullifying all the problems and issues of the violence and terror want the peace to reign in his country. Shahryar Rashed expresses his wish to see the country in such a way where laughter, giggles and mirth is found on every face while cries, sighs and despair don’t even dare to travel through the country. He dreams of a country where people find no association to weapons and the bloody weapon are found in storages. He is in search of making such a state where there is the music of love, peace and feelings.

A Race of Joy Summary:

In the first stanza (line1-5), Shahryar Rashed expresses his wish of seeing faces glow with smile and the laughter is spread over such faces. He wants to be surrounded with the people who are extremely happy. in the second line he further says that only the faces should be smiling but the happiness should be spread in the very blood of the people which would in turn make their eyes sparkle and bright. It is a common experience when people are extremely happy their faces and eyes glow with the wave of joy and pride.  He then says that he environment of the country be such peaceful that people of all ages loiter in the streets freely without any fear. He wants to see the people working hard and struggling for the prosperity of the country. He expresses his desire to see the happiness spread all over the country and people enjoying peace, serenity and love of freedom.

The second stanza (line 6-10) is the further extension of the desires of the poet. In this stanza he wants to see the parks filled with people who come to enjoy in the parks. He wants to listen to the gentle cries of children in the park where they fight for different sorts of swings and amusements. This all can only be possible where there is complete reign of peace in the country. He wants not to listen to the screams and mourning of the people who are bruised by the weapons in war. He wants an end to all war and war like activities. He wants these sounds of wars to come to end; they are destroying mankind as well as other creatures. He wants to safe and healthy people who are never being touched by massacres and wars. He yearns to see people playing in laughter having health and not injured or damaged in wars.

The third stanza (line 11-15) shows the poet`s hate and despise for war and weapons used in wars. He wants to see all the weapons getting rusted in the store which means that the author is intending to see such a state where there is no fear of war. He wants that the people should break all the weapons so the use be avoided. He wants to see long arrows broken and guns be twisted so that they could never be used again in future. He wants that the people should remember their love ones whom they have lost in wars and for their sake they should avoid using these weapons because they would take more lives. He wants to see the bloody tanks, which are responsible for the havoc and killings, in dark rooms which are abandoned by people and they be only visited by loitering birds. The author desires to breathe in such a state where people do not take delight in using weapon and hate has no value in such a state. He wants love to be prevailed throughout the country.

In this stanza (line 16-20) the poets expresses long desire for peace. He says that he does not want the trumpet to beaten for the commencement of war. He wants to see white doves; the symbol of love. He desires for peace which shows that the country he is living in, is not tasting the bliss of peace. So he expounds his wish of peace. He wants to smell the air with its own natural fragrance and not polluted with the smell of weapons and bombs. He wants to taste the water not contaminated by chemicals and explosives. He is fed up with lamentation and cries of the people damaged by war, so he yearn for the end of it. He wants the faces not cry any more of dead. He wants the love ones no dying because of war. He wants people to see people actively participating in the well-being of the country.

In the last stanza (line 21-25), the wish of peace of the poet gets deep rooted. He wants to listen to the explosions not of the weapons and bombs but of mirth and joy. He wants to listen to the people singing the songs of innocence, liberty and freedom. He wants the earth not to give birth to people who strive for revenge and wars but to give birth to people who yearn for love, brotherhood, fraternity, feelings and peace. The poet in the last line of stanza pleads to see such a race, which give shut up call to all the war like activities, once in his life. His wish is to see a country and its subjects longing for peace. He thinks that wars must end now because they are vanishing the love of mankind as human beings have thirsty for the blood of other human beings.

A Race of Joy Themes:


The major theme of this poem is peace. The poet`s desire is to see peace prevailed everywhere. The poet is fed up with all the war activities because it has taken humanity. The humanity is at loss because of these hatred and wars. The poet inculcates into the mind of people to urge for peace because peace is the only solution. He wants to see a stop to the miseries of the mankind and the break to the miseries can only be brought about by peace and struggle for worldwide peace.


Love is the second theme of this poem. The poet thinks that love must be the only motivating and governing force for humanity. He wants the hatred to be thrown away from the world and love be given space. He thinks that love can be the cure and remedy to the problems of the world. He wants the people to feel love because they have suffered a lot in wars and hate.

A Race of Joy Analysis:

  • The poem consists of 25 line divided into a stanza of 5 each.
  • The rhyme scheme of each stanza goes as abcbc, abcbc, abcbc, abcbc.
  • The title of the poem ‘A Race of Joy’ indicated very much that he is tired of the current race of mankind; he wants to eliminate this race in order to be replaced by a new race of mankind this is the race of happiness and to whom the word war and violence is unknown.
  • The poem is a very harsh criticism on all such people who think that force must be applied to bring the solutions all the problems.
  • The poet yearns for peace which clearly depicts that people living today are all motivated for wars.
  • The poet gives the message of the humanity and humanitarian perspectives.
  • Wars in the names of religions, terrorism, fiscal issue and for eliminating the militant forces should all be stopped because whatever the cause is, the sufferer is mankind only.
  • The poet is also against the use of weapons and wants the people to abandon the use of all weapons and to throw them in the dark rooms because all such are the causes of increasing the miseries.
  • The poet mocks all the scientific technologies and countries who are engaged in manufacturing the weapons and selling them other countries.
  • The poem carries the message of peace.