No Men are Foreign NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Beehive Poem 6
No Men are Foreign NCERT Text Book Questions and Answers
No Men are Foreign Thinking About the poem
(i) “Beneath all uniforms…” What uniforms do you think the poet is speaking about?
(ii) How does the poet suggest that all people on earth are the same?
(i) The poet is speaking about different cultures and civilisations of the world. All men are similar in many ways. There are differences in dresses, religions, ways of living but all have one common entity of being humans. Beneath each uniform, is the same human being everywhere.
(ii) The poet suggests that all people on earth are the same. They breathe, eat, walk in the same way. They all are aware of the sun, the air and the water. They all love peace and hate war. They have similar eyes that wake or sleep. The line ‘No men are foreign and no countries strange’ express this fact.
In stanza 1, find five ways in which we all are alike. Pick out the words.
- No men are strange or foreign.
- No countries strange.
- Single body breathes like ours.
- Same land our brothers walk upon.
- Same earth we lie in.
How many common features can you find in stanza 2? Pick out the words.
- Aware of sun and air and water.
- Fed by peaceful harvest.
- Starved by war.
- Similar labour (labour not different from our own).
“…whenever we are told to hate our brothers …” When do you think this happens? Why? Who ‘tells’ us? Should we do as we are told at such times?
This happens when some politicians having vested interest or the religious leaders incite the masses to serve their own interests. They provoke the innocent people to indulge in anti-social activities. No, we should not obey them. We should always remember that we all are alike. By developing hatred for others, we harm ourselves only. The poet also says that we all are brothers and sisters. We should do everything at our own discretion.