Tagore for Children


Dear Students

Rabindranath Tagore is a name you associate with Nobel Laureate, great literature, the National Anthem and Rabindrasangeet. But did you know that this sage also wrote for children and was very fond of them? He understood the child mind very well.

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Read this poem by him and you will see:

Paper Boats

3-paper-boat

Day by day I float my paper boats one by one down the running stream.

In big black letters I write my name on them and the name of the village where I live.

I hope that someone in some strange land will find them and know who I am.

I load my little boats with shiuli flower from our garden,

and hope that these blooms of the dawn will be carried safely to land in the night.

I launch my paper boats and look up into the sky

and see the little clouds setting their white bulging sails.

I know not what playmate of mine in the sky

sends them down the air to race with my boats!

When night comes I bury my face in my arms

and dream that my paper boats float on and on under the midnight stars.

The fairies of sleep are sailing in them, and the lading is their baskets full of dreams.

– Sir Rabindranath Tagore (1861- 1941)

Appreciation:

  • Did you like the poem?
  • Who do you think is the speaker?
  • Where do you think the speaker lives?
  • State one characteristic of the speaker’s personality.

 

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Please leave your Comments on your favourite line from this poem.

Sanjukta Sivakumar

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14 responses to “Tagore for Children

  1. It is a very beautiful poem by Sir Rabindranath Tagore. I think I have read this poem before!

    Answers for poem appreciation:

    Did you like the poem?
    Yes, I do like the poem, reason being that I can easily visualize the poem.

    Who do you think is the speaker? Give reasons.
    The speaker is definitely a young boy, who expresses his desire to make paper boats go around in the river. he does it believing that someone else would pick the boat and know about him. Also he decorates the boat with shiuli flower.

    Where do you think the speaker lives?
    The speaker lives near a village as he gets to have a stream near by (in cities we don’t find streams).

    State one characteristic of the speaker’s personality
    The speaker is a carefree boy who seems to enjoy making paper boats. It gives him joy satisfaction.

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  4. The children day celebration in school was awesome.Enjoyed the day at its best.
    Thank you principal mam and other teachers for putting such a beautiful show on stage today…

  5. Mam , the poem is very interesting and nice . I liked it very much. By this , we could know that like chacha Nehru ,Mr. Tagore was also a children lover. I think the poet lives near a rural area where there are river streams and greenery. Characteristic : He likes children

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