11th English

Part 1 Poem 15 (He Came to Know Himself) Summary & Short Questions

Level: F.A / F.Sc
Class: 1st Year
Board: Punjab Textbook Board
Subject: English
Book III: Plays & Poems
Poem 15: He Came to Know Himself
Type: Summary & Short Questions
Author: Sachal Sarmast
Pages: 3
PDF Size: 1 MB

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This chapter is from the 11th class English book 3 and it has been written by Sachal Sarmast. we have presented the important questions and main idea of this chapter for the intermediate (first year) fsc fa ics i.com first year students.


The poet reflects on mystic experience. He shares example of a saint, Mansoor, who claimed that he was god. May be he became so engrossed in God’s love that he forgot that a man cannot be God.

Questions Answers

Describe the central theme and the message of the poem.

The theme of the poem “He Came to Know Himself” is love of God. It has been elaborated with reference to a mystic experience of a saint, Mansoor. The saint was in deep love with God. His experience of love was so intimate and unusual that he even went to say “I am god”. This statement was in conflict with the teachings of Islam. Mansur was, therefore, Sentenced to death. This controversy apart, the real message of the poem is immense love for the Creator. The poet believes that a true lover of God sees nothing except God. Like Mansur Hallaj, he is willing to sacrifice his own life for the sake of God’s love. He does not mind even if he is humiliated like Hazrat Yusuf (A.S) who was cheaply sold as a slave. The poet believes that only by loving God you will know Him and if you know Him, you will know yourself.

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