Henry Derozio’s Poem, ‘To the Pupils of Hindu College’-A Critical Analysis


Henry Derozio’s Poem, ‘To the Pupils of Hindu College’-A Critical Analysis

Henry Derozio's Poem, 'To the Pupils of Hindu College'-A Critical Analysis

Henry Derozio’s Poem, ‘To the Pupils of Hindu College

Henry Derozio’s Poem, ‘To the Pupils of Hindu College’-A Critical Analysis

‘To the Pupils of the Hindu College’ by Henry Derozio the first Indo-Anglian poet, is a fourteen-lined poem (sonnet). In this poetry, the poet expresses his joy and thanks to the students of the Hindu College who seem to broaden their outlook by receiving western education throwing away the age-long Orthodox Hindu thought.

The poet notices that the students of the Hindu College have come out of the narrow, orthodox, agelong traditional thought after getting admission to the Hindu College where students are taught the progressive western thoughts. Thus the students seem to broaden their intellectual power. As the young birds in summer try their wings to fly freely, so the students of the Hindu College seem to try their new knowledge of broad outlook. Their knowledge received from Hindu College seems to refresh their intellectual as the April showers refresh the leaves and boughs of trees. This progress of the students in the field of education and thought gives joy to the mind of the poet and thus the poet hopes and anticipates that the Indian students like the western thinkers, would be able to achieve fame. The poet says:

”What joyance rains upon me when I see

Fame in the mirror of futurity.”

At last, the poet says that by means of a college education the students would gain fame and receive the chaplets of honour in the ensuing future and this feeling gives the poet incessant joy and this feeling of joy makes his life meaningful.

Here, in this poem, the poet seems to incline his mind to western thought, but it does not mean that he hates Indian heritage. He only praises and encourages the students of Hindu College in pursuing free thought.

The language of the poem is simple no doubt but the expression is compact. In this sonnet, there are three vivid imageries. The first is the imagery of the young flowers, the second is of the young birds on summer days and the third is the imagery of the April shower.

The main charm of the poem is the charm of the matter itself along with the vivid and sensitives imageries beyond its language. 0 0 0 


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

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