Thinking about the Poem
Q.1.(i) “Beneath all uniforms” What uniforms do you think the poet is speaking about?
Ans. By uniforms, the poet is speaking about the various kind of dresses worn by people in different parts of the world.
(ii) How does the poet suggest that all people on earth are the same?
Ans. All the people walk on this earth. They breathe in the same air. They are aware of the sun and water. So. the poet suggests that all the people on the earth are the same.
2. In stanza 1. find five ways in which we all are alike: pick out the words.
(i) We all have the same body.
(ii) We all breathe the same air
(iii) We all live on this earth.
(iv) We all walk on this earth.
(v) We all shall lie in this earth.
3. How many common features can you find in stanza 2 Pick out the words?
Ans. We find five common features in the stanza :
(i) All human beings are aware of sun, air and water.
(ii) All are fed by peaceful harvests.
(iii) All are starved by cold winter.
(iv)All have the same kind of hand.
(v) All have to labour in life.
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?
Ans. When we think ourselves different from our brothers, then we start hating them. We should not hate them. If we hate them, we hate ourselves. So the poet says that we should not ever hate our fellow being.