Sarojini Naidu | In Praise of Henna | An Analytical Study


Sarojini Naidu | In Praise of Henna | An Analytical Study

Sarojini Naidu  In Praise of Henna  An Analytical Study

Sarojini Naidu’s Poem ‘In Praise of Henna’-An Analytical Study

“In Praise of Henna” by Sarojini Naidu is a poem that celebrates the beauty and significance of henna. The poem captures the essence of gathering henna leaves and using them to adorn various body parts.

The poem begins with a kokila, a bird, calling out from a henna-spray, urging the maidens to hurry and gather the leaves of the henna tree. The poet describes the scene as the maidens send their pitchers floating on the tide to collect the leaves before dawn. They then grind the leaves in mortars made of amber and gold, emphasizing their preciousness.

The kokila continues to call, repeating its melodic sound, urging the maidens to hasten and gather the henna leaves. The poet mentions the traditional use of red tilka for a bride’s forehead and betel-nut for sweet lips. However, for delicate fingers and feet resembling lilies, the red color of henna is celebrated and preferred.

The theme of the poem ‘In Praise of Henna’ revolves around the praise and appreciation of henna, a natural dye used for body adornment in many cultures. It emphasizes the significance of henna in enhancing beauty, particularly for brides, and highlights its association with femininity and grace. The poetic diction, or the choice of words, is simple and rhythmic, mirroring the melody of the kokila’s call and the joyous atmosphere of gathering and using henna. The poem celebrates the cultural tradition of adorning oneself with henna and the aesthetic appeal it brings. 0 0 0

Sarojini Naidu In Praise of Henna An Analytical Study

N.B. The article ‘Sarojini Naidu In Praise of Henna An Analytical Study’ originally belongs to the book ‘Analytical Studies of Selected Poems of Sarojini Naidu‘ by Menonim Menonimus.

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