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(14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923 / Wellington)

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A Little Boy's Dream

To and fro, to and fro
In my little boat I go
Sailing far across the sea
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  • D.l. Aceves (12/22/2013 10:56:00 PM)

    Change [cdaptured] to [captured]

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Soumita Sarkar (12/4/2013 7:58:00 AM)

    Yes....Life of Pie narrated in verse............so subtle........no vivid.....

  • Sawmitra Roy (5/16/2013 10:28:00 PM)

    life of pi?

  • * Sunprincess * (10/25/2012 6:50:00 PM)

    enjoyed this one..thanks for sharing.. :)

  • blank blank (10/24/2012 6:19:00 PM)

    well the poem is supposed to be a dream, a childs dream of winning a pirate fight, and journeying alone in the sea. It feels to me that he has achieved a victory against an enemy; whatever it was that he was fighting against. Instead of a dream it could be a fantastic illustration of a lonely child, fighting his own battles and winning them all alone because even the fish swim away from him. A child maturing earlier than he should becausr of lifes troubles, 'away from home and from play, only the sea as a friend'
    just a thought, of course

  • Kevin Straw (10/23/2012 6:01:00 PM)

    It's interesting that blank blank doers not like the last stanza, but can he say why he does not like i? . The whole point of the poem is that it IS a dream from which the boy wakes up.

  • blank blank (10/23/2012 4:05:00 PM)

    i think i'd like it better without the last stanza.
    maybe it shouldnt have been a dream.
    its beautiful and then the last stanza ruins it.

  • Kevin Straw (10/23/2012 12:58:00 PM)

    An excellent creation of a child's dream world - it is the rocking chair we meet at the end which has evoked the dream of the sea, and the writer's rhythm. I liked the sense towards the end of the dream becoming rather frightening. I wonder why the poet gave the dream to a boy - does It show the ability of the poet to create an accurate and intense atmosphere even though she might not have had an actual dream like this?

  • Guess Who (10/23/2012 9:29:00 AM)

    Nice picture nice poem awesome one too

  • Ramesh Rai (10/23/2012 9:06:00 AM)

    i posted an identical poem with title paper boat. but this one is grand and sweet to with rhyme

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