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Sarojini Naidu was an Indian poet and political activist who published in English in the first decades of the twentieth century. scholarly note link. While studying in England in the 1890s, she became acquainted with British writers Edmund Gosse and Arthur Symons, who encouraged her to publish her poems. She began her writing career with three volumes of poetry, published in London and New York, which drew positive attention from critics. These poems, on subjects ranging from nature and love to Krishna and Indian freedom, generally combine Indian images, traditions, and beliefs with European forms and rhythms, though they occasionally also draw from Eastern poetics. Sarojini Naidu's later publications, primarily political speeches and articles, reflect her increasing commitment to Indian national politics. She is now remembered more for her extensive political activity than for her poetry.
13 February 1879 Sarojini Chattopadhyaya (later SN) was born at Hyderabad in India. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 20 September 1905 SN's first volume of poetry, The Golden Threshold, was published by William Heinemann in London, with an introduction by Arthur Symons. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1918 A collection of SN's political writings, Speeches and Writings of Sarojini Naidu, was published at Madras in India by G. A. Natesan. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 March 1949 SN died at Lucknow, shortly after her seventieth birthday. Bibliographic Citation link.
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