Throughout the poem, Tagore includes images and symbols that suggest the idea of human frailty. In the beginning of the poem, the children meet on the seashore, but “the restless water is boisterous,” an ominous sign that something bad could happen. The children use “withered leaves,” which represent the dead parts of a tree, since leaves die after they fall from a tree. They use these leaves to “weave their boats,” which they set adrift “on the vast deep.” The deepness of the ocean also suggests mortality, since the ocean’s vastness is permanent...
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