Henry Derozio Chorus of Brahmins | A Critical Analysis


Henry Derozio Chorus of Brahmins | A Critical Analysis 

Henry Derozio's Poem 'Chorus of Brahmins'- A Critical Analysis
Henry Derozio Chorus of Brahmins | A Critical Analysis

Henry Derozio’s Poem ‘Chorus of Brahmins’- A Critical Analysis

Henry Derozio Chorus of Brahmins | A Critical Analysis

‘The Chorus of Brahmins ‘is one of Henry Derozio’s fine poems through which he has portrayed the scene of India, especially Hindu society. Idolatry is the heritage of the Hindus. From time immemorial, human beings along with animals had been sacrificed at the altar of deities. During the days of the poet Henry Derozio, this custom was in practice more or less. Before, while any human being was procured to sacrifice in front of any deity, then the Brahmins of the society gathered and made a preparation for the sacrifice just before the sacrifice was offered. The poet gives a vivid description of what the chorus of Brahmins did just before the sacrifice.

The Brahmins scattered flowers, played on the cymbal, strew the scented Orient spices and along with them they brought balm, and myrrh, and thus they made the preparation of their worship and sacrifice. All the preparation they had to do before sunset. The Brahmins believed that the deity would be pleased with their worship and sacrifice. In these worshipping rituals, people brought many things and goods to offer to the deity. Some brought the purest pearl; some bought flashing refined gold and diamond. The branches of the sandal tree were burnt to produce a sweet scent. After collecting these things, they danced and sang and felt that it was their triumph. The poet says:

”Which their fragrance still impart

Like food man’s injured heart,

This its triumph, this its boast;

Sweetest, this when wounded most.”

Then the widow among them prayed, to the deity, and at last, they consecrated the sacrifice to the deity.

The poet has not shown the scene of scarification clearly in his poem, but the acts done just before the sacrifice has been delineated in full. The description is so vivid as if it has been happening in front of our eyes. The poet has done no critical comment on these rituals. He gives an account of their acts only.

The language of the poem is very simple, plain, and easy to understand. It is written in two lined rhyme scheme.

In conclusion, it is to say that the poem ‘Chorus of Brahims’ is a fine poem on Hindu rituals. The Brahmins with their blind belief have been shown in this poem successfully. 0 0 0

Henry Derozio Chorus of Brahmins | A Critical Analysis

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N. B. This article entitled ‘Henry Derozio’s Poem ‘Chorus of Brahmins’- A Critical Analysis’ originally belongs to the book ‘Indian English Poetry Criticism‘ by Menonim Menonimus. 

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