The Postmaster

by

Rabindranath Tagore

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The Postmaster Symbols

Water

Water—in the form of rain, river water, tears, and more—pervades Ulapur, the rural village depicted in Tagore’s story. In the second paragraph of the story, Tagore reveals that the postmaster, a recent transplant, is…

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Poetry

Poetry in “The Postmaster” symbolizes both the necessity and the difficulty of understanding and articulating human emotion. Like the postmaster, Rabindranath Tagore was a poet—albeit an accomplished one, whereas the postmaster struggles to write…

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