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SAROJINI NAIDU

SUBMITTED TO,
Mrs. SIJJI JOSE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
MANGALAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

SUBMITTED BY,
BETSY PAUL
I B.Ed
OPTION : ENGLISH
ROLL NO : 6
MANGALAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
(13 February 1879 2 March 1949)

Sarojini Naidu was an Indian Independence activist, poet


and politician. A renowned orator and accomplished poet, she is often known
by the moniker The Nightingale of India. As a prodigious child, Naidu wrote
the play Maher Muneer, which earned her a scholarship to study abroad.
She became the second woman president of the Indian National Congress and
also she was the first woman Governor of an Indian State after Independence.
Her major contributions in the field of poetry were beautiful poems that could
also be sung. Her famous works include The Golden Threshold, The Bird
of Time, The Broken Wing and The Sceptred Flute.
THE POEM
SONG OF A DREAM
ONCE in the dream of a night I stood
Lone in the light of a magical wood,
Soul-deep in visions that poppy-like sprang;
And spirits of Truth were the birds that sang,
And spirits of Love were the stars that glowed,
And spirits of peace were the streams that flowed
In that magical wood in the land of sleep.
Lone in the light of that magical grove,
I felt the stars of the spirits of Love
Gather and gleam round my delicate youth,
And I heard the song of the spirits of Truth;
To quench my longing I bent me low
By the streams of the spirits of Peace that flow
In that magical wood in the land of sleep.
THEME OF THE POEM
Song of a Dream by Sarojini Naidu is a poem in
which the speaker tells the reader about a dream where she
attained perfect peace. The speaker is alone in her dream at first.
That doesnt seem to be a problem because the magic of the
dream world that she is in greets her with three spirits. Those
spirits are Truth, Love and Peace. Those spirits arent necessarily
people, because the narrator says that they are birds, stars, and
streams, but it is clear that those natural elements interact with
the speaker in a very personal way.
VOCABULARY
GROVE A small wood or a group
of trees.

GLEAM Shine brightly,


especially with reflected
light.

DELICATE
Very fine in texture or
structure
QUENCH Satisfy

GATHER Come together;


assemble

SPRANG Originate or arise from.


POETIC DEVICES
POETIC WHAT THEY EXAMPLE
DEVICES STAND FOR FROM THE
POEM
A direct comparison poppy-like sprang.
Simile of two unlike things
using like or as.
A direct comparison spirits of Truth were
Metaphor between unlike the birds that sang.
things stating that
one is the other or
does the action of the
other.
Repeated consonant Lone in the light.
sounds at the
Alliteration beginning of words
placed near each
other, usually on the
same or adjacent
lines.

Giving human traits Love, Truth and


and qualities to an Peace.
Personification inanimate object.
RHYME SCHEME AND
RHYMING WORDS IN
THE POEM
RHYME SCHEME - aabbccd

Stood - Wood
Sprang - Sang
Glowed - Flowed
Grove - Love
Youth - Truth
Low - Flow
APPRECIATION OF THE POEM
The poet tells about her dream in which she attained peace and
serenity.

The poem evokes the auditory image (birds that sang) as well as
visual image (stars that glowed and the streams of peach flowed
through the land).

The air, water and the sky- key elements of the earth bloom in the
spirits of truth, peace and love respectively.

She emphasizes the fact that all this happens in the land of sleep-
her dreamland.
We can sense the mix of emotions- her peace and serenity
along with her loneliness.

The poet employs simile to express her delight.

The fact that she personifies truth, love and peace indicate that
she considers them as the key ingredients of a peaceful world.
It is noticeable that the spirits of love, peace and truth welcome her
into their magical world of sleep and help her to get rid of her
loneliness.

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