Poem/ Explanation of chapter: Wind is presented below. Poem along with words meaning, worksheets and NCERT Solutions for Class 9.
“Wind” is poem composed by Subramania Bharati in Tamil and translated by A. K. Ramanujan in English.
Subramania Bharati (1882 – 1921) is a great Tamil poet, famous for his patriotism in the pre – independence era.
A.K. Ramanujan is a kannada and English poet, famous for his translation of classical and modern poetry.
Wind, come softly.
Don’t break the shutters of the windows.
Don’t scatter the papers.
Don’t throw down the books on the shelf.
There, look what you did – you threw them al down.
You tore the pages of the books.
The poet is telling to wind to come softly or slowly. Because whenever wind come strongly it breaks shutters of windows. It throws the paper in all direction. The books fall down from the shelf. Now poet is telling to wind not to break shutters of window, scatter paper and throw books on the shelf. Poet is complaing that wind has tear pages of books also.
The poet is saying to us when challenges come in our life we shatter.
You brought rain again.
You’re very clever at poking fun at weaklings.
Frail crumbling houses, crumbling doors, crumbling rafters,
Crumbling wood, crumbling bodies, crumbling lives,
Crumbling hearts –
The wind god winnows and crushes them all.
He won’t do what you tell him.
The poet is saying to wind that you enjoy the trouble of weak things. When storm come every thing collapsed. Weak houses, weak doors, weak rafters and even weak humans either, old or young fall down because of strength of wind. The God of wind throw out the weak things and damaged them.
The poet is giving message to us that weak people have to face defeat in life because they can not stand before troubles with strength. It happens like in process of winnowing weak or useless items throw out by the strong wind and grains left in process.
So, come, let’s build strong homes,
Let’s joint the doors firmly.
Practise to firm the body.
Make the heart steadfast.
Do this, and the wind will be friends with us.
The wind blows out weak fires.
He makes strong fires roar and flourish.
His friendship is good.
We praise him every day.
In these lines poet is suggesting to prepare ourselves to fight against tough consequences of the storm. He advised us to build strong houses. Doors should be firm. In short, we should build strong houses and our heart should be strong to bear roughness of the storm. Then we will not afraid of storm. The storm will be our friend. We will admire the storm because now, we have improved houses, doors etc. only because of the storm.
The poet is suggesting us to improve our physical strength, work on our weakness to face new challenges of life. Then we will be happy in facing new challenges of life. These challenges become our friends.