No Men are Foreign Class 9 English, Beehive Poem
Detailed summary and explanation of “No Men are Foreign” Poem along with meanings for difficult words is provided here. Also, NCERT Question and Answers are also provided to help students understand this Poem and do well in their exams.
The poet herein promotes global brotherhood and states that no person living on the planet is strange and no land is foreign. According to him, we all are brothers and sisters. There may exist a difference between the uniforms worn by soldiers of different countries. They may also exist a difference between our cultures, religions etc. and may be separated by man made boundaries but we all are human beings. God has made is in a similar way. Each and every land in the world is same. We all live upon the same Mother Earth and upon death, shall be buried in the same Earth.
Here in the poet states that those people who we call the strangers use that resources that we do. They are aware of the same Sun, air and water. They too are aware of them and there is no difference in the manner we use them. They breath the same air, enioy the warmth of the same sun and drink the same water. They get their food in the same manner as, we get our food, from the field. They like peace as we do. When there is a war they too face hardship ad they die due to starvation as we would have to. They us their hands as we do. They also speak to communicate with one another. Further, just like us the strangers also work hard to earn their livelihood. Thus we all are similar to each other. According to the poet, if all of the things are common between all of us, then there is nothing strange or foreign. Stanza 3
The poet says that even the physical characteristics of the strangers are similar to ours. They have eyes that wake up or sleep just like us. With the same eyes they see the world as we do. They too have the same strength which can be won by love and sympathy. Life is common in every land which all can recognise and understand. Wherever we go we find the people the same with similar emotions and other characteristics. So in such a situation how can people be stranger or foreign? Every country has the same type of lite that can be easily noticed and appreciated. Stanza 4
In these lines, the poet points out that in our world there are some people who spread hatred and create differences; such people give way to wars and makes us kill other humans. In such a situation, we must remember that if we hate our brothers, we hate ourselves, we are only cheating and attacking ourselves. We must remember that we are equals and similar to each other before taking arms against each other.
In wars, we pollute and destroy the Earth that should be full of unity and peace. Our hatred and anger destroys the innocence as well as the positive qualities that we are born with. War leads to a lot of blood shed and death which makes Mother Earth impure. The smoke full of dangerous chemicals during wars fill the air that we breathe with such inhumane acts we are degrading ourselves. So, we must not commit such anti-human acts and remember that no one is strange and no country is foreign.
(1) What breathes beneath all uniforms?
(2) How are no men strange and how are no countries foreign?
(3) Why is war long winter starved?
(4) What shall happen if we hate our brothers?
(5) According to the poet, how do we pollute the Earth?
(6) Whom do the Earth and air belong to?
(7) How does the poet describe in Stanza 1 that all people on the Earth are same?
(8) How are the people living all over the world same as given in the Stanza II?
(9) What happens when we are told to hate our brothers?
(10) What should a man remember according to James Kirkup?
(11) Why does the poet believe that people must not fight against one another?
(12) How does the poet describe that no men are foreign?
(13) What is the irony in the use of word ‘uniform’?
(14) In which context harvests and war have been used by the poet?
(15) How is the labour not different for us and for the so called strangers?
(16) How can we say that there is a common life in every part of the land?
(17) Explain how does our hatred, jealousy and misdeed pollute our own Earth?
|starved, died due to hunger
|to cheat. to bluff
|to overcome, to surpass