Why does the poet say "I firmly believe" instead of "I believe" in the poem "I Believe" by Brucellish K Sangma?

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The addition of "firmly" has to do with the poem's meaning.  The poet wrote 6 complete stanzas in the poem.  The first five stanzas are about all of the things that the speaker could supposedly do, if she put her mind to it.  Things like soar to the heights like a bird or dive deep with the sharks are all included.  The final stanza is this: 

But I firmly believe I've to complete

The role assigned to me here

Where I dream and breathe

The poet's meaning here is that it doesn't matter what he can accomplish.  What does matter is that the narrator does well the tasks that he is involved in.  His calling in life might be to swim with sharks.  It might be to fly high in the sky.  It might be something else.  Whatever it is, the poet strongly believes that it must be done.  It's not a question of should.  It's a calling that will be accomplished no matter what.