What is the summary of the poem "No Men are Foreign" by James Kirkup?

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The poem details why it is wrong to hate others based on differences such as race, culture, or geography. The speaker goes through points of how all people are similar and part of the brotherhood of man. By the poem's end, the speaker mentions war and how unnatural it is because it is fighting against ourselves.


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Kirkup's 1966 poem "No Men are Foreign" focuses on the commonalities between all people. The poem's speaker states of foreigners:

They, too, aware of sun and air and water,

Are fed by peaceful harvests, by war’s long winter starv’d.

We are all united, the poet says, by sharing the same planet, as well as by work, by sleep, and by love. The speaker does not identify himself with any nationality, tribe, or group: he could be anyone from anywhere reaching out to fellow humans and expressing what we all share. This may reflect the fact that Kirkup, although English, did live in various parts of the world, including Asia and America.

The poem becomes an expression of anti-war...

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