The Bangle Sellers


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THE
BAnGle

SELLERS

About the poet
● Sarojini Naidu was an Indian political Activist and poet.
● A proponent of civil rights, women's emancipation, and anti-imperialistic ideas, she was an important figure in India's struggle for independence from colonial rule.
● Naidu's work as a poet earned her the sobriquet Nightingale of India.
● Naidu was awarded the Kaisar-i-Hind Medal by the British government for her work during the plague epidemic in India, but later she returned as a protester due to the April 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre

About the poet
● Naidu’s poetry is best known for intensely lyrical pieces replete with imagery and contemporary Indian themes
● She portrays the beauty and variety of India and its traditions.
● India celebrates her birthday as National Women's Day on February 13th

Introduction to the Poem

● Written by the prominent Indian poet and politician Sarojini Naidu, ‘The Bangle Sellers‘ is a poem exploring the life of Indian women, the Indian culture and traditions revolving around women.
● In most of her poems, Sarojini Naidu writes on the theme of Indian culture and people.
● Her poems are focused on Indian settings and this poem makes no exception.
● In its Indianness, the poem resembles another poem of hers, In the Bazaars of Hyderabad.

● The poem revolves around bangles, which is an important ornament for ’embellishment’ of women in Indian Society.
● In the poem, the bangle sellers are at the temple fair and they shout out to the people passing by to have a look at their bangles.
● They urge them to buy bangles for their daughters and wives.

Now let’s move on to the poem
Stanza 1
● The poem begins with the
speakers introducing themselves as bangle sellers who sell their articles at the temple fair.
● They call out to the people to buy
their bangles.
● These hawkers describe their
bangles as delicate, bright, rainbow-tinted circles of light.
● They advertise by questioning who
will buy these bangles for their daughters and wives.

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