Indian Weavers

Submitted By: Prabhjit Kaur Computer Faculty Govt. Sr. Sec. School Gaggobua

Well students ,today we will study the poem
“Indian Weavers”
By

Sarojini Naidu

INTRODUCTION
This poem had been written by Sarojini Naidu.Sarojini Naidu is too well known to Indian students to need any introduction. She was popularly known as the Nightingale of India. In this poem she describes the weavers weaving garments of different types. They weave garments of a new-born baby. Some garments have the combinations of purple and green colours. They also weave the marriage veils of a queen. On a cold moonlit night, they weave white garments.

Now, let us start the explanation of the poem stanza-wise
Weavers,weaving at break of day, Why do you weave a garment so gay? Blue as the wing of a halcyon wild, We weave the robes of a new-born child.

Explanation:
In these lines the poetess says that weavers are busy weaving a garment at day-break. It looks beautiful. It is blue. The poetess asks the weavers about the garment.The weavers tell her that they are weaving a garment of a new born baby. It suggests the first phase of life. It relates to the birth a child.

Meanings of difficult words
Break of day Garment Gay Halcyon Robes Sunrise Dress Bright A blue coloured bird Dress

Recapitulation
The teacher will take the feedback from the students 1.What type of garments, the weavers are weaving? 2.During which time the weavers are weaving the clothes? 3. Describe the look of the garment? 4. Which stage does this refer?

Weavers,weaving at fall of night. Why do you weave a garment so bright? Like the plumes of a peacock,purple and green. We weave the marriage-veils of a queen.

Explanation
In these lines the poetess says that it is night.The poetess finds weavers at work. They weave a bright and beautiful garment.It has magic colours. It looks bright. The poetess asks why they weave this garment. The weavers tell her that they are weaving marriage veils of a queen. This suggests the second phase of human life.

Meanings of difficult words
Plumes Veil Wings Cover

Recapitulation
1.What type of garments, the weavers are weaving? 2.During which time the weavers are weaving the clothes? 3.Describe the look of the garment? 4.Which stage does this refer?

Weavers, weaving solemn and still, What do you weave in the moonlight chill? White as a feather and white as a cloud, We weave a dead man’s funeral shroud.

Explanation
The weavers are weaving a garment in a silent and serious way. It is a cold moonlit night. The colour of the garment is white like a cloud and a feather. The weavers tell the poetess that they are weaving a cloth to cover the body of a dead man. The garment is suggestive of death.

Meanings of difficult words
Solemn Chill Funeral shroud Sad and serious Cold Covering for a dead body

Recapitulation
1.What type of garments, the weavers are weaving? 2.During which time the weavers are weaving the clothes? 3.Describe the look of the garment? 4.Which stage does this refer?

SUMMARY
The poetess finds the weavers weaving a garment at day break. She asks them why they are weaving such a beautiful garment. It looks like the wing of a wild halcyon. The weavers reply that they are weaving the garments of a new born-baby. It is night. The weavers are weaving a beautiful garments. Its design is beautiful. It has the cimbination of purple and green colours. The poetess asks the weavers why they weave such a nice garment. The weavers reply that they are weaving the marriage-veils of a queen.

The poetess finds weavers at work. They are weaving the grament seriously. It is a cold moonlit night. The garment is white. It looks like a feather and a cloud. The weavers tell the poetess that they are weaving a cloth for a dead body.

Central Idea
This poem is based on the idea that life is a mixture of joys and sorrows. God is the master weaver. He weaves the web of life in different colours. Chidhood is a stage of innocence. Its garment is beautiful. There are great joys in youth. The garment of marriage is bright and beautiful. The sorrow of death is also a part of life . Its garment is white like a feather. It covers the dead body.

Recapitulation
1 Describe the life of the indian weavers? 2 What do you know about the poet ‘Sarojini Naidu’? 3.What different types of clothes does weavers weave 4. Give an account of the clothes which indian villagers buy from the weavers? 5. Tell about the 3 phases which are explained in the poem?

Home Work
Give the meanings of the following words
GARMENT PLUMES FUNERAL SHROUD WEAVING WING HALCYON ROBES SOLEMN MOONLIGHT CHILL FEATHER MARRIAGE-VEILS

1. Give the central idea of the poem. 2. Paraphrase the given lines: Like the plumes of a peacock,purple and green, We weave the marriage-veils of a queen. 3. Write the summary of the poem.

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