Poem 14 (My Neighbour Friend Breathing His Last) Summary & S.Qs

Write down the poem in your own words.

The theme of the poem My Neighbour Friend Breathing His Last is death. The death of a friend in neighbourhood terrifies the poet. He is much upset. He is upset by the loss of a friend, but perhaps even more by the fear of his own death. He knows it very well that life is a journey and death is the traveller’s destination. Everywhere there is talk of death. People mourn the loss of their dear ones and then proceed towards the valley of death. Smiles and laughters suddenly change into shrieks and cries. Some pass. the gate of death, while others are in waiting. The poet regrets that death brings an end to charms of life. Behind the curtain of death, one can’t see the charming places and the sweet faces. The poet wonders what to do in facing such a shockihg reality. Suddenly he thinks of a big idea. He believes that love of God is a great blessing. Those who love God are not afraid of death. They are no more worried about the loss of worldly attractions. God’s love is the greatest attraction which gives them comfort, solace and contentment.

Describe the theme and the message of the poem My Neighbour Friend Breathing His Last.

The theme of the poem ‘My Neighbour Friend Breathing His Last’ is death. The death of a friend in neighbourhood terrifies the poet. He is upset by theloss of a friend, but perhaps even more by the fear of his own death. He knows it very well that life is a journey and death is the traveller’s destination. People mourn the loss of their dear ones and then proceed towards the valley of death. Smiles and laughters suddenly change into shrieks and Cries. Some pass the gate of death, while others are in waiting. The poet regrets that death brings an end to charms of life. The poet Wonders what to do in facing such a shocking reality. Suddenly he thinks of a big idea. He believes that love of God is a great blessing. Those who love . God are not afraid of death. God’s love is the greatest attraction which gives them comfort, solace and contentment.

What makes the poet disturbed?

The death of a friend in neighbourhood terrifies the poet. He is upset by the loss of a friend, but perhaps even more by the fear of his own death.

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What is the poet’s view of life?

The poet considers life as a journey. For him death is the traveller’s destination.

What is the poet’s view of death?

The poet regrets that death brings an end to charms of life. Behind the Curtain of death one cannot see the beautiful places and the charming faces.

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