Read this short summary of Autumn Song by Sarojini Naidu !
Sarojini Naidu also called as “The Nightingale of India” by the sobriquet. She was a poet, Indian independence activist & a child prodigy. She was the 1st woman in India to become the Indian National Congress’s President & also the 1st Indian woman to become the Governor of UP state. She was an excellent politician, administrator, orator & patriot.
Amongst the list of all the famous Indian women, Naidu’s name acquires the topmost place. Needless to say that Naidu was one of the jewels of not only India but the entire world and famous heroine of the twentieth century.
“Autumn” in this poem means that we should never look back into our past life & we should make use of our present life to the fullest so that our past life do not reflect our future life. Naidu has defined a perfect picture of a season by capturing the bitter-sweet anxiety that colors the change between the lively summer season & the deathly winter season.
Like a joy on the heart of a sorrow…
Of fair and frail and fluttering leaves…
Naidu has movingly described guilt in “Autumn” song. It is an outstanding achievement in terms of evocation and tone.
My heart is weary and sad and alone,
For its dreams like the fluttering leaves have gone,
And why should I stay behind?
Autumn song is wonderfully written from the view point of a human being in the autumn of his/her life. It describes a situation where people wonder why they have actually out-lived their dreams. In this song Naidu has used lyrical language and simple end rhymes to parallel personal loneliness & loss with beautiful fragility of autumn. As we all know autumn is a beautiful season which everyone admires. Hence Naidu has explained the view, the nature, the feelings, what she is able to hear and has described it wonderfully.
In her autumn song Naidu is trying to show its readers that she is sad but then too her surroundings are so beautiful and nice. Naidu was highly influenced by her mother Gopala Krishna Gokhle who was also a poet. Naidu’s mother influenced her to write about the independent spirit of India & guided her to use her talents to “Free Mother India”. Autumn song is one of Naidu’s effort to free mother India.