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Theme: Dream

Houseboat

houseboat --
my dreams float
in her eyes

10-Apr-2016

More By  : Dr. Kumarendra Mallick

Views: 1429     Comments: 5

Comments on this Poem

Comment Thank you, Bijay Kant babu for your elaborate write-up to explain a simple poem ment for rnjoying an outing. This can, of course, be related to deeper understanding of life as in other work of arts.

Kumarendra Mallick
11-Apr-2016 08:56 AM

Comment Dear Ashby, I am afraid you have misunderstood Prof. Dubey's comments. In India we have houseboats in lakes (Kashmir), in backwaters (a part of the sea) in Kerala and at a few other places. These are not for habitation but for sailing for several hours. These are tourist attractions in India.

How far a reader can go into a poem depends very much on his imagination. In haiku, senryu or in tanka etc. there are several layers of interpretation.

Thank you for your viewpoints.

Kumarendra Mallick
11-Apr-2016 08:50 AM

Comment Oh, my ball missed the stumps, as it was a yoker perhaps neither a cutter nor a googlie! Now I see which had guessed earlier Dr. Kumarendra is on a houseboat marking not the range and dimension of aquatic life and marine studies but the physical processes and properties surrounding the earth and space environment staying indoors not, but outdoors. Maybe it Kerala, Kashmir or in the Sunderbans marking the moon! An Evening in Paris!

bijay kant dubey
10-Apr-2016 23:28 PM

Comment With due respect, Prof Dubey, a houseboat is suited for and for the most part moored in an inland waterway, being of broad beam and shallow draught, and, as the name suggests, intended mainly for habitation, and never for sailing on the sea. You do have a tendency to read too much into a poem. Your interpretation is like spade-work into the smooth surface of the poem till it resembles more of a building site than a work of art.

rdashby
10-Apr-2016 20:33 PM

Comment The houseboat in the midst of the sea and it sailing through. Home, home sweet home, there is no place like home. But the home is not only the handiwork of the big boss. There is also someone who decorates it; dresses it. To quote in the words of Manu, yatra naryastu pujayante ramante tatra devatah, where the women are worshiped dwell therein the gods.There is behind the curtain a persona, a theatre personality enacting as the home-keeper. Longfellow's A Psalm of Life. It is not the paper boat floating, but the houseboat.

bijay kant dubey
10-Apr-2016 12:23 PM


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