The Bangle Sellers

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  • Q1

    Some are like fields of sunlit corn,

    Meet for a bride on her bridal morn,

    Some, like the flame of her marriage fire,

    Or, rich with the hue of her heart's desire,

    Tinkling, luminous, tender, and clear,

    Like her bridal laughter and bridal tear.

    Q1. What colors of bangles are preferred by maidens?

    Q2. What colors are suited for a bride? Why?

    Q3. Which literary device is used in the last two lines?

    Q4. What has the red colour of bangles been compared to?

    Q5. Why does a bride laugh and shed tears?


    1. Bangles that are silvery and blue and as misty as mountain mist are meant for young maidens.
    2. Bangles that are yellow in colour and look like corn fields are best suited for a bride. Red bangles that are like flames of her marriage are also suited for her wrist.
    3. The imagery used by the poet is noteworthy. Words such as ‘luminous’, ‘tender’, ‘clear’ seem to be signifying the young bride. “Like her bridal laughter and bridal tear” is an example of simile.
    4. The red colour of bangles has been compared to the flame of the bride’s marriage fire. The fire-coloured bangles are expressive of the passion in the heart of the bride.
    5. The bride is laughing because she is happy that she is getting married, however she is also crying as she is getting separated from her parents. The bangles are tinkling with ‘luminous’ colours like the bride’s laughter or tears.

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  • Q2

    Some are meet for a maiden's wrist,

    Silver and blue as the mountain mist,

    Some are flushed like the buds that dream

    On the tranquil brow of a woodland stream,

    Some are aglow with the bloom that cleaves

    To the limpid glory of new born leaves.

    Q1. Explain “Silver and blue as the mountain mist”.

    Q2. ExplainSome are flushed like the buds that dream”.

    Q3. What sort of bangles suit the hands of a bride during her wedding?

    Q4. How many stages of a woman are skillfully linked with the bangles?

    Q5. Explain the last two lines of the stanza.


    1. The silver and blue coloured bangles which are suitable to a maiden are compared to the colour of the mist of a mountain. Silver and blue represent the youthful innocent maidenhood. All the colours are representative of a young woman in her prime.
    2. The red colour (flush) of the bangles is compared to the red colour of the bud that is yet to bloom. Buds that are yet to bloom are used to symbolise the virginity of a woman.
    3. Red coloured bangles are best suited for brides.
    4. Three stages of a woman’s life is discussed in the poem viz., virgin, bride and middle aged woman.
    5. Some of the bangles are shining green whose freshness resembles the vivid beauty of the new born, tender leaves. All these kings of bangles are suited for unmarried girls. Their colours express their tender longings.

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  • Q3

    Bangle sellers are we who bear

    Our shining loads to the temple fair...

    Who will buy these delicate, bright

    Rainbow-tinted circles of light?

    Lustrous tokens of radiant lives,

    For happy daughters and happy wives.

    Q1. Where are the bangle sellers going?

    Q2. Name the literary device used in the phrase 'Rainbow-tinted circles of light'? What does it mean?

    Q3. Why does the poet repeat the word ' happy'?

    Q4. Name the poet and the poem?

    Q5. What is the rhyming scheme of the poem?


    1. The bangle sellers are on their way to a temple fair so that they could make some money by selling their bangles to 'Happy daughters and happy wives'.
    2. The multicolored bangles are described as rainbow tinted circles of light. The literary figure used here is metaphor.
    3. The poet has repeated the word Happy in order to emphasize the human element of bangles.
    4. The above stanza has been taken from Sarojini Naidu’s The Bangle Sellers
    5. The rhyming scheme followed in each stanza is: aabbcc, which is a couplet form.

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