Indian Weavers poem Appreciation - Class 12

The Indian Weavers poem Appreciation - Class 12

* About the poem, poet and title.

The poem Indian weavers is a short poem written by an Indian poetess Sarojini Naidu. She was poet, Political activist and feminist. She was also famous as the nightingale of India. Three stanzas of the poem express three stages of life.The weavers reply to the poet's questions that why they are weaving particular piece of clothes at particular time of day. The title and the poem is dedicated to the Indian weavers out there.

* Theme/Summary/gist of the poem/Central idea.

The cycle of life is the main theme of this poem. It also highlights the craft and skill of Indian weavers. Poem explains the three important events of life: birth, marriage and death. It also tells Different clothes and colours indicate different moods.

* Poetic style/ language, Poetic devices.

In this poem there are three stanzas of four lines. The poem is written in the form of questions and answers. Poem has a conversational tone. The rhyme scheme of the poem is 'aabb '. Poet has used Simile, Imagery, Alliteration and Metaphor in this poem.

*Special features/focusing elements.

The poetess has written the poem in very simple and effective language. Which is easy to understand and thus it creates an impact. The poem is dedicated to the talented weavers and their fabric. The poem has rich imagery like break of the day, fall of night, solemn and still. .. moonlight chill. Poetess sums up the life of human being in three main stages by using symbols like cloth and times of the day. Through this poem, Poetess salutes the weavers of India.

* Your opinion about the poem.

I think that the poem seems to depict skill, talent and hard working nature of Indian weavers. Poem also praises the weaver's knowledge of colour according to the event.

Appreciation of poem Indian weavers class 12

Indian Weavers poem Appreciation - Class 12

With the help of the following points, write a poetic appreciation of the 

poem 'Indian Weavers'.

• About the poem / poet and the title 

• The theme 

• Poetic style

• The language/ poetic devices used in the poem

• Special features

• Message, values, morals in the poem

• Your opinion about the poem

Figures of speech in the poem The Indian weavers

1. Weavers, weaving at break of day. Alliteration, Metaphor.

2. Why do you weave a garment so gay? Alliteration, Interrogation.

3. Blue as the wing of a halcyon wild. Alliteration, simile

4. We weave the robes of a new-born child. Alliteration

5. Weavers, weaving at fall of night. Alliteration, Metaphor

6. Why do you weave a garment so bright? , Alliteration, Interrogation

7. Like the plumes of a peacock, purple and green. Simile

8. We weave the marriage-veils of a queen. Alliteration

9. Weavers, weaving solemn and still.Alliteration, Tautology

10. What do you weave in the moonlight chill?
Alliteration, Metaphor

11. White as a feather and white as a cloud.Repetition , Simile

12) White as a feather and as a cloud,
We weave a dead man's funeral shroud. Simile


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    1. The message being conveyed by the poem is that of the perpetual motion of life, where each stage, characterised by its unique emotions, lasts for a while before the next one comes along to take its place. I find this poem a good read as it is short poem which is packed with imagery.

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