The Night of Changing Seasons Summary and Analysis: Muneer Niazi

Read below our complete notes on the poem, “The Night of Changing Seasons”, written by Muneer Niazi and translated into English by Daud Kamal.

The Night of Changing Seasons: The Poem

This is the night

When winter thaws into spring

Darkness floods the plains

And everywhere

There is a thick silence

Impossible to penetrate.

However, on the other side

Of the street

Some men are talking excitedly

Standing in front of closed doors

In the half-light

Of double-storeyed houses.

What are they talking about?

Politics? Love? War?

The ever-rising cost of food?

The good old days?

The months and years that lie ahead?

I don’t know.

From here I can only see

Their lips moving.

 

The Night of Changing Seasons Introduction:

The poem is a flow of thoughts that goes from pessimism and depressed note to a more pessimistic note. Though the layer of hope is on a lesser side because the perspective of hope is not very clear but its coming into being cannot be nullified.  The overall expression of the poem is of depression and suppressed mind where words are forbidden to utter. Muneer Niazi expresses his views on the political changes which are taking place in Pakistani territory-a war and martial law stricken territory. Muneer Niazi sees a ray of hope that people, at least, have started moving their lips for their rights and this is a change according to Muneer Niazi. Albeit the change has not taken place because we see a picture of men talking in front of closed doors which clearly indicates the wave of fear prevailing in people.

The Night of Changing Seasons Summary:

In the first stanza (line 1-6), the poet tells that the night, when he composes this poem, is of changing season which means this night is going to change the destiny of this country and its subjects. He is elated and expresses this ray of hope in a bright tone. He thinks that now the winter with all its cruelties is transforming into spring and spring will bring about happiness as it has always been the symbol of mirth. In the very next line, the ray of hope has been replaced by the darkness of country which is spread over the plains. It means the places where people live are layered by darkness and this darkness has brought a complete silence-which is impossible to break.  This silence has made the environment very bleak and uneasy for survival because almost all the devilish and inhuman activities are done under the umbrella of darkness.

In the second stanza (line 7-12), he again sees some hope on the other side of the street. The poet thinks that in the shroud of darkness there are some patches of light which can bring about better consequences.  He furthers says that on the other side of the street some people are standing in front of the closed doors. But the great thing, according to the poet, is that these people are having excited tones and are busy in chatter in that excited tone. The poet sees this activity in half light and explains that the door in front of which men are talking is of a double storied building.

In the Third stanza (line 13-17), the poet asks a series of question. He is in fact curios about the talk going on among these people. He asks, are these people talking about politics. If politics is not there subject then they must be talking about love because in such dark nights lover do plot about rendezvous. Then he nullifies this idea by asking another question of war. He asks whether they are talking about war because the environment wholly depicts the scenario of war as there is extreme silence and abandoned places which clearly indicate that people are afraid. He again jumps to another question and asks whether they would be taking about the soaring prices of food items. This is a serious issue and people are likely to talk about this matter as it is directly proportional to their lives. The poet tones another question about the conservation going on between the men standing at the other side of the street that they might be talking about the good old days when everything was in a happy mood. He thinks that people might be talking about the old days because old days were blessed days of freedom and liberty. People might be reminiscing those days.  He then posts another question that is it that they are talking about the future. He considers that they might be worried about the time ahead because anything can be expected in such gloomy and bleak environment.

In the final and concluding stanza (line 18-20), the poet answers the questions he has raised in the previous stanza. The poet says that he does not know what these men, standing on the other side of the street in front of closed doors, are talking about because they are away from the position where the poet is. He says that as they are away so he can only see their moving lips which give him hint of their conversation. On the basis of these moving lips, the poet fabricates the web of hope that the good times are coming because when people start talking it shows that they are well set for the revolt or changing the existing devil of brutality.

The Night of Changing Seasons Themes:

Hope:

The major theme of this poem is hope. The poet gives the message of hope that better days are around the corner but what needed is, to have little struggle. He urges his readers to move ahead because at the other side of the street he sees light which clearly indicates that the people have raised voice and the change of season is in the process which can bring about better future for the people of this country.

Imagination:

Imagination can also be the theme of this poem as the poet imagines the whole course of this poem. The poet might have seem people standing away from his home at midnight which had made the poet imagine what they were talking about. This is the power of imagination that it can make you fly to unknown destination.

The Night of Changing Seasons Analysis:

  • The title of the poem is very expressing and it shows the very essence of the poem that this wave of change has blown away and now things are going to be smooth and favorable for us. This shows that poet along with his people is passing through difficult times but the night is about to fade and the dawn is around the corner.
  • The poet has used certain symbols throughout the poem which convey very strong messages. In line 2, 3 the words winter and darkness are used. Both these words stand for death which means that death prevails in the country because some forces want to maintain their reign of terror. Closed door in line10 again shows that people have abandoned living out of the fear of something.
  • However, half-light, is a symbol of hope in the dark symbols used throughout the poem. half-light means that somewhere in darkness , the poet still finds a tinge of light which can be very hopeful step for the bright future because it shows that people are about to realize their situations and that they would come to over-turn the cruel leaders.
  • The poem is a sort of social realism of its era. The poet tells us that life was miserable in the era when this poem was written because war was unconsciously in the minds people. They were striving for food as they were badly hit by soaring prices and all such things which had made the life a living hell. Similarly, the silence spread everywhere also shows that people of that were of afraid of living because of fear.