Poetry and Life


Dear Students

Harivansh Rai Bachchan (1907-2003) is a famous Hindi poet of the Chhayavaad or romantic literary movement in the 20th century.

Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Harivansh Rai Bachchan

You know his famous son and grandson, the film actors Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan.

Today, click on Ay Chaand by Harivansh Rai Bachchan to read this Hindi poem,  and try to understand what the poet is saying. You may ask your Hindi teacher to explain what you don’t follow, although it is written in fairly easy Hindi.

The poet uses a series of simple metaphors to convey his meaning. Finally, he quotes from the famous Urdu poet, Mirza Ghalib, to convey the essence of his thought.

Don’t forget to leave Comments about what you understood and liked in this poem.

You can read more poems by Harivansh Rai Bachchan in Geeta Kavita.

Principal 

 

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32 responses to “Poetry and Life

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  5. MAM ,this poem is very nice ,it tells that to gain some thing we should bend down.
    it is very good poem!!!MAM,please let us know about like this poem more

  6. Ma’am this poem is very beautiful and very meaningful……as we all know that harivansh rai bachchan is a great poet……there are many thoughts of the poet included behind the lines of the poem…so it is a very nice poem

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  8. Poet very easily describes our human brain with this poem. As there are some lines which are very true. मािचस की ज़रूरत यहँा नहीं पड़ती, यहँा आदमी आदमी से जलता है । this line in the poem I liked the most. Here are many thoughts behind this lines described by author

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  14. This post reminded me ‘my college days’. I have read many poems written by Harivansh Rai Bachchan. These poems are written in very simple language but they have substance. They are significant and relevant to our lives. His poems effortlessly give the message to the readers.
    Nandita Pandey

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  18. the poem is quite easy to understand if we go by taking each verse in consideration
    The poet is trying to say that one must change his ways of doing things rather than changing the whole intentions.
    For this he has used various metaphors like the bucket coming out filled once it goes into the well and so on. Then one thing i liked the most was the भला का उल्टा लाभ and
    दया का उल्टा याद .
    He also has told the value of money and how people have used it to show the world and how it only fulfills our needs when it comes in our hands.
    He has also said very well to express jealousy माचिस की जरुरत यहाँ नहीं पड़ती यहाँ इन्सान hi इन्सान से जलता है.
    The he tells that worlds’ scientists are trying to find out whether life exists on मंगल but people are not knowing whether there is any happiness in their own lives!
    Then he talks about the coming of the ending days that one does not know which talk will be his last, which meeting will be his last one etc. Then at the end he uses mirza ghalib’s lines about the moon!
    goood poem by a great poet!

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