In the poem The Bangle Sellers by Sarojini Naidu, why has the poet compared red colour of bangles to the flame of the marriage fire?
Or, Explain the line: some are like the flame of her marriage fire
In literature, flame of fire generally represent passion of heart. In Naidu’s poem, the red coloured bangles that the bride wear on her wedding night express the desire and passion of her newly made relation with her husband. The poet has actually summed it up well in the two lines —
Some, like the flame of her marriage fire,
Or, rich with the hue of her heart’s desire,
To light a holy fire is a part of hindu matrimonial rituals. It is believed that in the presence of one such elemental ingredients of the cosmos the new matrimonial tie would last long as it is purified in the red flame of holy fire. The poet refers to this custom in order to describe the bright red bangles. Some bangles look like the bright fire of joy that wedding enkindles in the heart of the bride.
In the poem ‘The Bangle Sellers’, the poet describes the bright red and orange coloured bangles as the flame of the marriage fire. The bright red colour and the warmth of the fire describes the love and passion in the heart of a new bride. The red and orange colour are similar to the colour of her heart’s desire which refers to her happiness, joy and love. These feelings she experiences on getting married.