Sarojini Naidu

1131 WordsMar 13, 20125 Pages
The Indian English poetry that flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was largely an imitation of the English Romantic poetry both in its form and matter. No attempt was made to project the essence and nuances of the rich culture and tradition of India. The Westerners inturn wished for a glmpse of Indian life and customs through the literature of the time. As Edmund Gosse says in his introduction to Sarojini Naidu’s The Bird of Time (1912) : What we wished to receive was not a rechauffe of Anglo-Saxon sentiment in an Anglo-Saxon setting, but some revelation of the heart of India, some sincere penetrating analysis of native passion, of the principles of antique religion and of such mysterious intimations as…show more content…
It is the opening song of the section named “Indian Folk Songs” in the collection. As such the poem has folk elements in it with the young maiden at the panghat. Panght or water quay is a routine of Indian rustics where they go to bathe or fetch water in pitchers. The poem is about the young girl’s fears and superstitions regarding the long and lone way which she has to cover after filling her pitcher from the Jamuna. Seeing the approaching darkness, she is afraid that some snake will sting her or some spirit will cast its evil spell on her. Here the girl represents all rural Indians who has imbibed superstious beliefs. In the girl’s anxiety about the worried mother and brother waiting for her, we get a picture of the love, care and bond in an ordinary Indian family. She realizes that only God can save her and chants “Ram! Re Ram” which again is typical to Indian people. This spontaneous overpouring of the maiden’s feelings, at another level relates to the spiritual concept of the soul’s fear during its journey to reach God. The Jamuna river, and the boatman’s luring song indicates vrindavan and Radha-Krishna myth. Thus the imagery in the poem is drawn from Indian landscape and mindscape. Thus Sarojini Naidu immortalizes the familiar scenes and everyday life of India through her songs. However, she ignores the ugly aspects of life as well as the life of modern industrialized India. She
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