Introduction

Sarojini Naidu wrote a wonderful poem called “Song of a Dream.” It expresses the poet’s desire to live in a paradise free of all evils and wickedness. She defines the preferred destination as the “magical wood in the land of sleep,” and she conveys her longing in the guise of a dream. The abstract concepts of truth, love, and peace are vividly seen in her creative universe.

About The Poet

Sarojini Naidu, an Indian poet and political activist was born on February 13, 1879. She was a key figure in India’s movement for independence from colonial power, advocating for civil rights, women’s liberation, and anti-imperialist beliefs. Because of the colour, imagery, and lyrical brilliance of her poems, Naidu acquired the title ‘the Nightingale of India,’ or ‘Bharat Kokila,’ by Mahatma Gandhi.

Theme Of The Poem

The poet’s intense yearning to escape the pains she had to undergo in an unjust world may be seen in the poem. Her desire to live in an idyllic paradise free of sins is expressed in the words ‘To quench my longing I bent low by the streams of the spirits of Peace that flow in that magical wood in the land of sleep’.

Stanza 1

Once in the dream of a night I stood
Lone in the light of a magical wood,
Soul-deep in visions that poppy-like sprang;
And spirits of Truth were the birds that sang,
And spirits of Love were the stars that glowed,
And spirits of Peace were the streams that flowed
In that magical wood in the land of sleep.

Sarojini Naidu, The Nightingale of India, sings about one of her dreams of being alone on a mystical wood in the poem. Her spirit was engaged in deep illusions that were the result of her imagination, she adds.

Then she sings about has a one-of-a-kind encounter with the spirits of truth she sang about, as well as the spirits of radiant love and serenity that flow like heavenly currents. In this poem, “Truth” is depicted by singing birds, “Love” by dazzling stars, and “Peace” is portrayed through flowing streams in the poet’s dream.

Stanza 2

Lone in the light of that magical grove,
I felt the stars of the spirits of Love
Gather and gleam round my delicate youth,
And I heard the song of the spirits of Truth;
To quench my longing I bent me low
By the streams of the spirits of Peace that flow
In that magical wood in the land of sleep.

She continues, “I felt the stars of the spirits of love.” She also hears the wonderful music of the spirits of truth, as one might anticipate in such a magnificent environment. Sarojini Naidu also speaks of a deep craving for truth that can only be satisfied by sipping from the streams of tranquillity.

We can observe that the poet uses her emotions to understand abstract thoughts like love, honesty, and harmony. The poem includes both aural and visual images. Throughout the poem, Naidu uses powerful sensory imagery.