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Paper Boats by Rabindranath Tagore

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Lee Eggert

on 2 November 2014

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Transcript of Paper Boats by Rabindranath Tagore

A T.P.C.A.S.T.T Presentation
by Sohe Eggert
Paper Boats by Rabindranath Tagore
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Considering the title, my original thought was of course the poem was going to be about paper boats. Going further into thought though, I was expecting a deeper concept or meaning behind the paper boats. What concept or meaning it would be was beyond my conception and estimations.
In basics, the poem was about a child from a faraway land who wanted to be known of his existence by other people from other places through his paper boats. His imagination and curious mind lead him to be determined to do this
"day by day"
as he stated with in the poem.
Looking beyond the basics however, we realize there is a meaning behind this child's life story.
"I hope that someone in some strange land will find them and know who i am.
"When night comes I bury my face in my arms and dream that my paper boats float on and on under the midnight stars."
These two stanzas can be taken out of context and interpreted that the child is very hopeful that his paper boats will end up in some strange land with someone. Both can also be interpreted that the child is determined to continue hoping for his paper boats.
The tone or "attitude" of the poem was very much so
The poet, Rabindranath Tagore, wrote in such a way that the character contained a quaint, childish voice imitating that of a child's.

Illustration created by: Grayce Denoia Bochak
There isn't really any shifts within the poem. His tone is fairly consistent throughout with the exceptions of some stanzas that could be taken as more excited than others. In my opinion and observation though, it is consistent.
Examining the title after reading the poem has made my original statement still stand. The poem is indeed, about paper boats. The difference in my original statement to this one, however, is I realized the deeper meaning or concept in the poem.
The theme
of Paper Boats by Rabindranath Tagore
was about hope and determination in what you want to achieve or happen.
"These paper boats of mine are meant to dance on the ripples of hours, and not reach any destination."
-Rabindanath Tagore
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