WATER PORTRAYED AS A FRENEMY IN SAROJINI NAIDU’S COROMANDEL FISHERS
Sarojini Naidu (13 February, 1879 - March 2, 1949) also known as “The Nightingale of India” was a child prodigy, Indian Independence activist and poet. Naidu was a source of inspiration for all the freedom fighters and was one of the framers of the Constitution. She was the first woman to become The President of Indian National Congress and it is her birthday that is celebrated as Women’s Day all over India. She began writing at the age of 12 and her collection of poems is named “Broken Exes” (1905). Some of her famous poems are Ecstasy, Indian Dancers, The Indian, In The Forest, Palanquin Bearers etc. Her poems were admired by many prominent Indian politicians. Her language is simple and provokes patriotic feelings. She has also portrayed the beauty of nature and its importance to one’s life through her poems.
Sarojini Naidu begins the poem, The Coromandel Fishers in a positive note of hope. She calls the fishermen as ‘Brothers’ and asks them to ‘rise’ as the wakening skies are praying to the morning sunlight that has just started illuminating the skies. The wind that had blown hard all night has also become calm now and so she calls them to gather their nets, set their catamarans free and move to capture the wealth of the sea. This is their right, for they are the kings of the sea. Rise, brothers, rise; the wakening skies pray to the morning light, The wind lies asleep in the arms of the dawn like a child that has cried all . night. Come, let us gather our nets from the shore and set our catamarans free, To capture the leaping wealth of the tide, for we are the kings of the sea!(1-4)
She also asks them not to delay and to follow the sea gull’s call for they know where the treasures (fishers) are. Here the poet creates a bond between the sea and...
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