Compare the settings of the two poems — Sarojini Naidu’s In the bazaars of Hyderabad and Robert Frost’s stopping by the woods on a snowy evening.
In the two poems mentioned above, the settings are quite different or rather contrasting. While In the Bazaars of Hyderabad depicts a vibrant and buzzing market in British India, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is all about the lonely and beautifully mystic frosty woods in a winter evening.
While the bazaar is crowded, buzzing and colourful, the woods are lonely, tranquil and dark. While the bazaar represents the rhythm of life, the woods are set far away from human eyes, with only two creatures present there: the speaker and his little horse. While Sarojini Naidu wants to present life’s vibrancy and enjoyment, Frost’s poem is rather meditative in tone, giving a message of fulfilling our duties before we sleep to the final rest.
Though the two place are incompatible, there is indeed a similarity in presenting them in the poems. In both the poems, the poets enjoy those places. While Naidu brings a sense of glory and pride through the cheerful atmosphere of an Indian market, Frost couldn’t but stop there to watch the “woods fill up with snow”.