NCERT Solutions for Poem No Men are Foreign Class 9 English Beehive

This poem is about human beings which was written by the poet James Kirkup. It teaches that all the human beings on earth are brothers and are the same. We all have bodies and need sun, air, water, and clothes to live. All of us walk on the land and eat the harvest of this earth. We will be buried in this same earth when we will die. We all work, sleep, and wake up, and love. Our leaders provoke us to hate our brothers but we should not do so because we hate ourselves by hating them and Eventually, we pollute the environment of the earth by spreading the violence.

NCERT Solutions for Class 9th English Poem No Men are Foreign

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Question 1: (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 the traditional uniforms worn by people of different countries.

(ii)The poet suggests that everyone on earth is the same as we all have same framework of the body. Everyone equally needs food, sun, water and air to live. Everyone walks on the earth and buries under the earth. Everyone wakes, sleeps, loves, hates and labour in the same way.

Question 2: In stanza 1, find five ways in which we all are alike. Pick out the words.


Words which refers the five ways in which we all are like are following:

(i) We all have a similar framework of the body,

(ii) We all need air to breathe,

(iii) We all walk on earth,

(iv) We all lie,

(v) We all live and die on the same earth.

Question 3:. How many common features can you find in stanza 2? Pick out the words.


There are six common features in stanza 2. These features are the following:

(i) The sun, 

(ii) The air, 

(iii) The water, 

(iv) Peaceful harvest, 

(v) Same hands, 

(vi) The labour.

Question 4: "...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? What does the poet say?


The leaders of these countries tell people to hate their brothers (the other countries) whenever there is war. We are told to do so for leader's own benefits. No, We should not do as we are told at such times. We should understand that war is useless, and we should take time to understand the situation before making decisions. The poet says that if we hate our brothers, we dispose ourselves and lastly we will polluted the environment of the earth by hating our brothers. 

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