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Indian Weavers – Sarojini Naidu

First – Stanza 1

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.


  • Weavers – People who knit clothes
  • Break of day – Early morning
  • Gay – Beautiful
  • Blue as the wing of a halcyon wild – Wild halcyon is another name for the kingfisher. Its wings have most exciting blue color.
  • Robes – Dresses

Questions & Answers

  1. What does the poet ask the weavers?
    The poet asks the weavers why they are weaving their beautiful garments at the break of day.
  2. How do the weavers describe their robes?
  3. Simile is a poetic device that compares something to another. Pick out a simile from the stanza. What are the two things compared here?
    “Blue as the wing of a halcyon wild.” Here, the color of the robes is compared to the wings of the wild halcyon.
  4. What is the rhyme scheme of the stanza?
    The rhyme scheme is AABB.

Next – Stanza 2

What do you think?

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