The Ecological Aspects in Sarojini Naidu’s Poetic Imagery
Through imagery a poet attempts to concretize his / her experiences or a state of mind so as to communicate it effectively and suggestively to the readers. For imagery poets often turn to myths, legends or nature. In this paper an attempt will be made to examine the ecological aspects in the poetic imagery of Sarojini Naidu, who belongs to the early phase of Indian writing in English. Polpularly known as ‘The Nightingale of India’, Sarojini Naidu devoted her imaginative powers to the spirit of nationalism, together with the depiction of colonial and post-colonial Indian society in all its aspects ---- economic, social, cultural and religious. This paper will explore how do the images, the poet borrows from myth and nature, portray the Indian people, their struggles, dreams and aspirations. There is a complete harmony between man, nature and myth in her poetry. Her attitude to nature is different from that of men. Possessing a hypersensitive nature of a woman, Sarojini was keenly alive to all the pleasures and bounties of nature. She would have a woman’s fascination for a beautiful scene; for its colourfulness and softness. In her poetry the colour, the form and the sounds of nature, and those of the busy bazaars are integrated together to present a harmonious whole. Her similes and metaphors (take, for instance, ‘The Palanquin Bearers’), fill the mind’s eye with pictures of an elusive delicacy and beauty. The problems of contemporary Indian society are explicitly presented through myths, symbols and manifold nature images.
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