Bring out the main idea / theme / central idea / message of the poem “The Bangle Sellers” by Sarojini Naidu.
In Sarojini Naidu’s poem “The Bangle Sellers“, some bangle sellers go to the temple fair to sell their bangles. They shout their trade cry by glorifying those bangles and describing their colours and suitability for girls and women of various ages.
The main idea is to present the stages of woman life and the cultural tradition of a typical Indian society of the poet’s time. The bangles are compared with natural objects to symbolize the feelings and emotions attached with the life of Indian women and the roles played by the bangles.
The theme of the poem is the celebration of indian womanhood.
Sarojini Naidu describes each stage of an indian woman with a colour that is suitable. The poem shows the life of an indian woman from a dreamy maiden to an excited bride and then to a faithful wife. The bangle sellers say that they have silver and blue bangles such as the mountain mist and pink bangles such as a blooming flower fit for a maidens wrist. They say that they have red and yellow bangles for bride like their innocent laughter and tears . They tell that they have purple and gold flecked grey which shows the coming maturity for a married woman who cradled children and worships the gods at her husbands side.
The poem Bangle Sellers by Sarojini Naidu portrays the rich and vibrant tradition and colourful various stages of womanhood. The poem brings forth the significance of bangles in various occasions in a woman’s life. The woman and their emotions at each stage of her life is connected to different colours of bangles.
The poem also flashes light to the culture and traditions that existed during the period of the poet. In order to bring those into light the poet has used various images and suitable words. The poem also shows how much significance bangles had in various stages of a woman’s life. The poem is a celebration of womanhood as a whole.