In what way are the buds set to dream in the poem The Bangle Sellers by Sarojini Naidu? How is it relevant to the theme?
Some are flushed like the buds that dream
On the tranquil brow of a woodland stream,
In the two lines above taken from Sarojini Naidu’s poem ‘The Bangle Sellers’, the pink and reddish (flushed) bangles are compared to the buds that peep from the calm and quiet bank (tranquil brow) of a river that flows through the woods (woodland stream).
The flushed bangles are suitable for a maiden’s wrist and the colour symbolizes the dream and shyness of the maiden. As the buds are waiting to bloom, the maidens are waiting for their marriage and to see and enjoy the charms of life. So, it seems like both the buds and maidens are in dream for a beautiful future. That is why the poet draws this comparison and says “the buds that dream”.