Have you ever thought of some people as strange, or other countries as “foreign”? We have many ways to think of other people as different from “us”, as “them”. “They” may belong to a different country, or speak a different language. In this poem, however. the poet reminds us of the many ways in which we are all the same: for we are all human.
The poem “No Men are Foreign” by James Kirkup is a strong plea for peaceful co-existence and universal brotherhood. God has made us all equal and the colour of our blood is the same. Human emotions are the same. too. Thus people all over the world are brothers and sisters and the manmade Ku-Tiers e4 class or creed arc unnatural and undesirable.
The theme of the poem “No Men are Foreign” is the oneness of mankind underneath the superficial differences of colour, race, nationality and faith. It presupposes that all human beings are brothers and sisters. Those who spread hatred and wage wars are criminals and deserve to be condemned. The poem also deals with the supremacy of love, accord, friendship and amity among all the people in this world.
“No Men are Foreign” is an apt title for the poem, because it deals with the theme of universal brotherhood. Human beings all over the world have identical behaviour and the differences based on the manmade concepts of caste, creed, barriers etc. are unnatural. Every human being responds positively to love. Hence no human being is a foreigner or an outsider.
Foreign = of other country/the other country, दूसरे देश का या दूसरा देश ; beneath=under, नीचे ; uniform = (here) skin, चमड़ी I Aware = conscious, जागरूक ; fed = given food to eat, भोजन करना ; harvest = reaping corn,फसल एकत्र करना ; starved = die with hunger, भूख से मरना l Strength = power:बल या शक्ति ; land =country, देश ; recognise = know,पहचानना l Dispossess – to put out of possession, अधिकार मुक्त कर देना ; betray = cheat,धोखा देना ; condemn = criticise, निंदा करना I Defile = make dirty/pollute, प्रदूषित करते है ं; outrage = excessive violence, अत्यधिक अत्याचार; innocence = homelessness, पवित्रता I
Strange—Unusual; Foreign—belonging to a country that is not your own; Beneath—under; Feed—give food; Peaceful—calm; Harvest—the act of collecting grains, foods, etc.; Starv’d—to suffer due to lack of food; Labour—work; Wake—arise; Strength—power; Common—usual; Recognise- know;Understand— know; Whenever —every time; Hate—dislike; Dispossess—to take somebody’s property, land. etc.; Betray— to deceive; Condemn— criticise, Arms— weapons; Defile— spoil; Hell— the place believed to be the some of the devils and where bad people go after death. Outrage— great anger; Innocence—purity.