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1 No Men Are Foreign -James Kirkup
PRESENTED BY:- Subject:-English Class:-9th Topic:- Govt Sen Sec School Sirhind Mandi

2 Life History of James Kirkup
James Kirkup was born on He won the Atlantic Award for Liteature in He wrote some plays too. He worked as Professor of English at Stockholm and at Tohoku University Sendai Japan. He was a versatile writer

3 Stanza 1 Remember,no men are strange,no countries foreign
Beneath all uniforms, a single body breathes Like ours; the land our brothers walk upon Is earth like this, in which we all shall lie. They, too, aware of sun and air and water, Are fed by peaceful harvests, by war’s long winter starv’d.

4 Explanation This poem is written by James Kirkup. This poem gives us the message of universal brotherhood of man. The poet says that we should not regard other countries as foreign. We are all citizens of the same world. People of different countries wear different kinds of clothes. But under their different clothing the human body is the same everywhere.

5 Explanation The earth on which people from different countries walk is the same. People of all the countries feel the sun, air and water just as we do. During peace time all the countries flourish. During war time all the countries suffer from shortage of food and other difficulties.

6 Stanza 2 Their hands are ours, and in their lines we read
A labour not different from our own. Remember they have eyes like ours that wake Or sleep, and strength that can be won By love. In every land is common life That all can recognize and understand.

7 Explanation Remember that human beings all over the world have similar eyes. They also wake and sleep as we do. They are strong and powerful like ourselves. They can be won by love. There is a bond which unites all the nations of the world. Each one of us understands and recognises this bond.

8 Stanza - 3 Let us remember, whenever we are told
To hate our brothers, it is ourselves That we shall dispossess, betray, condemn. Remember, we who take arms against each other, It is the human earth that we defile, Our hells of fire and dust outrage the innocence Of air that is everywhere our own. Remember, no men are foreign, and no countries strange.

9 Explanation When we hate others, we actually rob, deceive and condemn our ownselves. When we fight against others we spoil the purity of our own earth. The fire and smoke from the weapons of war poison that very air which is everywhere and which we all breathe.

10 The theme….. The poem “No Men Are Foreign”, a poem by James Kirkup states that no man is foreign or strange and we should not regard anyone as foreign or strange. The poem revolves around the idea that all men are equal. Though they are separated by boundaries there is no difference between men of different nations.

11 The theme…..i The difference is only within a man’s heart. It is a universal appeal for brotherhood. The differences among them pertain merely to colour ,dress and food habits which are not of much significance. Humanity all over the world is alike. If man is destroying another nation, he is actually destroying himself and the entire humanity.

12 The theme……ii The people of different countries may differ in complexion and clothing but their mental, physical and emotional experiences are the same. The poet makes an effort to wipe away the hatred among people of the world and highlights the futility of war and weapons that only add pollution to “innocence

13 Remember ,no men are strange, no countries foreign

14 They , too ,aware of sun and air and water, Are fed by peaceful harvests

15 Remember they have eyes like ours.
The poet says that all have some kind of eyes .They sleep and wake in the same way. All have same kind of strength which can be won by only love. All lead same kind of life.

16 The poet says that we should not hate one another
The poet says that we should not hate one another. If we cheat others in real we cheat ourselves.

17 The poet says that if we fight with others, then we only pollute the beautiful earth. was cleat file, dust which is responsible for the pollution of we should learn that no men are not foreign and no countries are strange. We should live like brothers. We should not cheat others.

18 CENTRAL IDEA One should keep in mind that no human beings are distant, unfamiliar or far off. We all are same under different bodies. In times of war or peace, even our international foes undergo the same trials. They too, like us, enjoy the bright sunshine day, breathe the same air from the atmosphere and drink the same water available on earth to survive.

19 Central idea….i              This poem is based on the idea that we are the children of the same Father, God. As such we should believe in the universal brotherhood of man. The earth is the common property of all mankind. We should not think that we are the citizens of this or that country. We should give up feelings of narrow nationalism. We should think that we are citizens of the world. In war all countries suffer and in peace prosper. Therefore if we hate others we deceive ourselves.


21 WORD-MEANING Starve : Dispossess : Betray : Condemn : Outrage :
Defile :

22 WORD-MEANING Starve : Die of hunger because of non availability of food. Dispossess : To put one out of possession Betray : To cheat, to be disloyal Condemn : To express strong disapproval Outrage : Any gross violation of law or decency Defile : To make foul or dirty

23 Write true or false against the following sentences:
No men are strange and no countries are foreign. People are different from one another. We should hate our brothers. We should not defile our earth.

24 Write true or false against the following sentences:
No men are strange and no countries are foreign (True) People are different from one another (False) We should hate our brothers. We should not defile our earth.

25 Comprehension Question
What is the central idea of poem ? What u learnt from this story ? Who is the writter of this poem ? What message this poem convey ?

26 Bibilography 9th class english book by P.S.E.B


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