Sarojini Naidu’s poem ‘The Bangle Sellers’ is all about bangles. The poet has depicted a picture of typical rural Indian society in the first half of the twentieth century where bangle sellers go to the temple fair to sell their bangles. They shout their trade cry announcing the various colourful bangles they have and which ones are suitable for which age. The poet has given a picture of the stages of woman life, the feelings and emotions attached with those stages through these bangles. The poem also glorifies the rich cultural tradition of India by depicting the role of bangles and bangle sellers in bringing happiness and vibrancy to the society. So, bangles, the ‘lustrous tokens of radiant lives‘, and its sellers take the centre stage in the poem. That is why the title of the poem ‘The Bangle Sellers’ is justified. Otherwise, ‘The Bangles’ could have been as apt, I guess.
The title of the poem Bangle Sellers is misleading because only the first two lines refer to the bangle sellers, the rest of the poem describes the colors of the bangles which represent the different stage in the the life of a traditional woman.
The Bangle sellers is an apt title as the entire poem revolves around how the bangle sellers market their bangles for women of various stages of life. From maidens to Wives, everyone has their own colour of bangle. In Indian societies, bangles are related to prosperity, and happiness. They are worn during festivities and celebrations, and hence, they are an important part of the life of an Indian women. Thus, the bangle sellers play an important role in a women’s life, and hence this entire poem, which describes the various types of bangles that they sell, has an ideal title in bangle sellers.