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A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants: A Memoir | Study Guide

Jaed Coffin

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Overview

Author

Jaed Coffin

Year Published

2008

Type

Nonfiction

Genre

Memoir, Philosophy, Religion

Perspective and Narrator

The story is told in the first person from the perspective of the author, Jaed Coffin, looking back on his own life experiences.

Tense

A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants is written in the past tense.

About the Title

While in Thailand, author Jaed Coffin receives a book of poems in Thai and English. One poem, by an unknown author, is called "A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants." The poem tells of a group of wild elephants caught by a king's hunters and brought to his palace. The elephants are unhappy and wish to escape back to the wild, but a prayer chanted by the kingdom's monks calms them. The prayer tells the elephants that they should forget their sorrow and be proud to be at the palace; it is their karma. As such, the poem is a metaphor for the author's feelings about being out of place in both Thailand and the United States because of his mixed heritage. The subtitle indicates that the work is a memoir.

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