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Post by aradlaw » April 18th, 2021, 8:05 am

The Gift of India by Sarojini Naidu (1879 - 1949)

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Sarojini Naidu, was the female activist who worked with Gandhi during India's struggle for independence from Britain. This piece is about soldiers from British India who fought in World War I. This poem is taken from The Broken Wing - Songs of Love, Death & Destiny 1915 - 1916 (Summary by Vik1)
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Is there ought you need that my hands withhold,
Rich gifts of raiment or grain or gold?
Lo! I have flung to the East and West
Priceless treasures torn from my breast,
And yielded the sons of my stricken womb
To the drum-beats of duty, the sabers of doom.


Gathered like pearls in their alien graves
Silent they sleep by the Persian waves,
Scattered like shells on Egyptian sands,
They lie with pale brows and brave, broken hands,
They are strewn like blossoms mown down by chance
On the blood-brown meadows of Flanders and France.


Can ye measure the grief of the tears I weep
Or compass the woe of the watch I keep?
Or the pride that thrills thro’ my heart’s despair
And the hope that comforts the anguish of prayer?
And the far sad glorious vision I see
Of the torn red banners of Victory?


When the terror and the tumult of hate shall cease
And life be refashioned on anvils of peace,
And your love shall offer memorial thanks
To the comrades who fought in your dauntless ranks,
And you honour the deeds of the deathless ones,
Remember the blood of thy martyred sons!
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Post by LeeSalter » April 18th, 2021, 1:27 pm

I have not been able to find a pronunciation for her name, do you have one?

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Post by aradlaw » April 18th, 2021, 3:10 pm

I would pronounce it the way it sounds phonetically.
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Post by pschempf » April 19th, 2021, 1:47 pm

David -

If readers google "Sarojini Naidu pronunciation", surprisingly, several options pop up. Here's the one I chose -

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/india_naidu_ps_128kb.mp3
Track length: 1:46
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Post by aradlaw » April 19th, 2021, 2:50 pm

Thank you Phil. :thumbs: ...and thanks for the pronunciation tip.
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Post by ArthurTrinchera » April 19th, 2021, 3:43 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/india_naidu_at_128kb.mp3

2:12 seconds



https://poemanalysis.com/sarojini-naidu/the-gift-of-india/

Here is a nice breakdown of the poem and some history.

Looks like I'm the first submission on this one. I made two. This one is a bit more dramatic than my first. I hope it works;)

This was fun!
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Post by aradlaw » April 19th, 2021, 6:44 pm

Thank you Arthur and Tina. :thumbs:
Thanks for that link Arthur. :D
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Post by EthanM » April 19th, 2021, 10:22 pm

Hello,

Here's the link - https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/india_naidu_em_128kb.mp3
Time: 1:49

Thanks,
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Post by aradlaw » April 20th, 2021, 4:50 am

Thank you Ethan. :thumbs:
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Post by LKnight » April 20th, 2021, 6:09 am

My submission for this week's poem.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/india_naidu_lk_128kb.mp3

Length is approximately 1:40

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Post by elizabeth20 » April 20th, 2021, 9:13 am

Here's another version (2:04): https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/india_naidu_ec_128kb.mp3

Loved this poem selection! Many thanks to the person who suggested it.

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Post by aradlaw » April 20th, 2021, 5:32 pm

Thank you Lloyd and Elizabeth. :thumbs:
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Post by santras » April 20th, 2021, 8:10 pm

Hi - my first attempt
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/india_naidu_ss_128kb.mp3
Appreciate any feedback.
Best - Shantanu

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