Rathrimazha is a poem with implicit comparisons between the rain and woman. In this poem, she depicts rain as a mad woman, mother, and witness of her love.
Sugathakumari‘s Rathrimazha is translated into English by H. Hridayakumari under the title Rain at night. She is Sugathakumari’s sister.
In the first stanza, the poet compares the rain to a mad young woman who acts differently. According to the poet, the rain explores all the characteristics of a young mad woman who weeps, laughs, whims and mutters alternatively.
The speaker also portrays the exotic feeling when raindrops touch the speaker through the open window. Then she makes a comparison between the moonlight and the rain drops. She points out that even though moonlight has made her happy and thrilled with joy, she prefers the raindrops that witnessed her love life and slowly lulled her to sleep.
The poet feels rain as her best companion even in the late evening of her life. She recalls rain as a witness to her grief on the sick bed. She recognizes the welcomed presence of rain during her sleepless nights.
By the end of the poem, the poet acknowledges her change where she forgets her emotions and remains frozen like a stone.
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