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Questions about the Indian freedom fighter and poet Sarojini Naidu (1879 - 1949) and her works.

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'Wild-bee hours' and 'wild-parrot days' in Sarojini Naidu's "A Rajput Love Song"

Sarojini Naidu's poem A Rajput Love Song has the stanza: Haste, O wild-bee hours, to the gardens of the sunset! Fly, wild-parrot day, to the orchards of the west! Come, O tender night, with your ...
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Meaning of "a bride high-mated with the spheres" in Sarojini Naidu's 'To India'

Sarojini Naidu's To India uses a nurturing mother as a metaphor for the country throughout the poem. The first few lines run so: O young through all thy immemorial years! Rise, Mother, rise, ...
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What does the title of "Leili" mean?

The poem "Leili" by Sarojini Naidu goes like this: The serpents are asleep among the poppies, The fireflies light the soundless panther's way To tangled paths where shy gazelles are ...
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Why is there a kokila in the henna-spray?

In Sarojini Naidu's short poem "In Praise of Henna", both stanzas start with the same two lines: A kokila called from a henna-spray: Lira! liree! Lira! liree! I presume that "kokila&...
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Why are the champak flowers in particular "foredoomed... to shrivel and shrink and fade"?

Sarojini Naidu's "Champak Blossoms" contains the following lines: Amber petals, ivory petals, Petals of carven jade, Charming with your ambrosial sweetness Forest and field and glade, ...
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What is the "love-god's string" in Sarojini Naidu's "A Song in Spring"?

Sarojini Naidu's "A Song in Spring" begins like this: Wild bees that rifle the mango blossom, Set free awhile from the love-god's string, Wild birds that sway in the citron branches, Drunk ...
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What is "The sounding cheer of Time's prophetic horn" in Naidu's "An Anthem of Love"?

The middle stanza of Sarojini Naidu's "An Anthem of Love" goes like this: Two ears are we to catch the nearing echo, The sounding cheer of Time's prophetic horn; Two eyes are we to reap the ...
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Significance of the title of "Corn-Grinders" by Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu's "Corn-Grinders" tells the story of several creatures losing their partners, starting with a mouse killed in a trap, to a deer killed by a hunter, to a bride who's lost her ...
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What are the "sirisha-bowers" in Sarojini Naidu's 'Indian Love Song'?

This is the first stanza of Sarojini Naidu's wonderfully evocative poem Indian Love Song:                         She Like a serpent to the calling voice of flutes, Glides my heart into thy fingers, ...
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What does "the clustering keovas" mean in Sarojini Naidu's "The Snake Charmer"?

In Sarojini Naidu's "The Snake Chamer", the poem opens like this: Whither dost thou hide from the magic of my flute-call? In what moonlight-tangled meshes of perfume, Where the clustering ...
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What view of suttee comes across in Naidu's poem?

Sarojini Naidu's poem "Suttee" is reproduced several places on the internet (Wikisource, Allpoetry, Poetry Archive), but I don't know the context in which this work was written and published....
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Why a "moonless" vigil in Sarojini Naidu's "Dirge"?

The last stanza of Sarojini Naidu's "Dirge" contains these lines: The yearning pain of unfulfilled delight, The moonless vigils of her lonely night, For the abysmal anguish of her tears, ...
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What is the "living shroud" in Sarojini Naidu's "Dirge"?

The third stanza of Sarojini Naidu's "Dirge" goes like this: Shatter her shining bracelets, break the string Threading the mystic marriage-beads that cling Loth to desert a sobbing throat ...
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What is the "pride of a soul that has conquered fate"?

The second half of Sarojini Naidu's "The Bird of Time" ends like this: O Bird of Time, say where did you learn The changing measures you sing? . . . [...] In the sigh of pity, the sob of ...
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When and how did the nickname "the Nightingale of India" originate?

Sarojini Naidu was an Indian poet whom many sources refer to as "the Nightingale of India" (this source also mentions the nickname "Bharatiya Kokila", which I assume means the same ...
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How was the poem "The Pardah Nashin" received by critics and the general public?

I've been reading the poem The Pardah Nashin from the book The Golden Threshold by Sarojini Naidu: HER life is a revolving dream Of languid and sequestered ease; Her girdles and her fillets gleam ...
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Did Sarojini Naidu say this: When the house is on fire, the poet should stop singing...?

Did Sarojini Naidu say something about this: "When the house is on fire, the poet should stop singing, and get the buckets to put out the fire." I got this from a FB post. But I want to find out ...
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What is the significance of the magicians in the poem 'In The Bazaars Of Hyderabad'?

In the poem In The Bazaars Of Hyderabad, the poet Sarojini Naidu says: What do you chant, O magicians? Spells for aeons to come. Here aeons likely refers to eternal ages and the magicians are ...
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