Corona-Says-Summary-and-Analysis-Grade-11-English-Section-II-Literature-Unit-2-Poems
Grade 11: English_Section II: Literature

Unit 2 Poems

Lesson 1. Corona Says by Vishnu S. Rai

CORONA SAYS - PRO. VISHNU S. RAI (PhD)

Stop crying,
Oh man,
Stop cursing me
And listen.
I didn’t come here
of my own free will.

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I was invited.
Believe me,
I had no choice
but to visit you.
How many lives were lost
Because of me?
You count.
But have you ever counted
How many have died so far
Because of you and your wars?

You call yourself
‘the crown of creation’.
What about the others,
Those who fly in the sky,
Those who live in the ocean,
Those who crawl on the earth,
And those, the sources of your oxygen?
You think they all are your slaves
Who you can sell or kill
At your will.

Don’t blame me.
I just wanted to show you
How clean the blue sky looks
Without dust and smoke.
I wanted you to realise
How caged animals feel
In a zoo.

I came
Not to give you a test.
I came
So that mother Earth
Could have a little rest.

You claim that you know everything.
I just wanted you to know yourself
The earth is not your property alone -
It’s as much ours as yours.

Sure,
I will depart one day.
But remember
There’re many others like me.
They’ll come too.
If you don’t get rid of your inflated ego,
You’ll be back to your cave time
That you endured
Long, l o n g, l o n g ago …

(Source: English: New Course of Grade-11-XI)

Corona Says_Summary and Analysis.

The title itself is enough to predict that Corona itself is the speaker of this poem. Vishnu S. Rai, the poet of this poem, is known as a poet of human emotions. The poem, Corona Says, written on the theme of the present world crisis Corona and its devastating impact on human life, is a subtle satire on man's conduct and attitude. It views Covid 19 as the byproduct of man's treatment to nature.

This poem is the speaker's outlook (point of view) of the whole event. The speaker (corona) rejects the blame and says that this terrible situation is not because of him, but the humans are themselves responsible for such a great destruction. Actually, it was invited here by humans simply because of their misapprehension towards nature. Human beings believe that they are the kings (crowns) of creation and the rulers of the entire earth. They think that all creations and other aspects of nature are their slaves, which they can use as they like for their vested interests.

Then the poet shows another side of the situation. In the long lockdown period, almost all human activities have stopped. Motherland rested a little. And nature has returned to its original state: blue skies and a pollution-free atmosphere. These are some positive aspects of the corona period. It also shows that if we (humans) stop misusing nature, it will calm down again. Earth does not belong to only humans. It must be shared equally by all living and non-living things that are the part and parcel of this whole eco-system.

In the last stanza, the speaker warns the whole human race. It is an undeniable fact that if we don't change our irresponsible attitudes and behaviours towards nature, more pandemics of this type will visit the Earth. Not only that, but such behaviours will eventually take us back to prehistoric times when people used to live in caves and had to hunt for food. Therefore, we have to take lessons from this unprecedented pandemic for the safety, betterment and progression of this world forever.

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