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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The poem Speak Up was written before independence of India. It is full of encouraging words which the poet uses to fill courage and determination among his countrymen to stand against British Rule. We cannot overthrow them until we struggle against them. For this we need to lit the flames of anger,Read more

    The poem Speak Up was written before independence of India. It is full of encouraging words which the poet uses to fill courage and determination among his countrymen to stand against British Rule. We cannot overthrow them until we struggle against them. For this we need to lit the flames of anger, strong will-power and firm determination. Only then we will be able to break the chains of slavery and get independence. This poem gives hope to the freedom fighters of India.

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    The padlocks of slavery symbolise Indians who were ruled over by British. According to the poet, these padlocks will open their mouth when the flames of our will-power, courage and enthusiasm will start burning. In other words, we can get rid of the slavery if we leave no stone unturned to struggleRead more

    The padlocks of slavery symbolise Indians who were ruled over by British. According to the poet, these padlocks will open their mouth when the flames of our will-power, courage and enthusiasm will start burning. In other words, we can get rid of the slavery if we leave no stone unturned to struggle against it.

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    Red oven symbolises heart full of courage and will-power against the tyranny. Fierce flames symbolise the outcome of this courage i.e. struggle against them (British) Read text summary of Speak Up Watch video on Speak Up Summary Listen to Speak Up Poem Summary

    Red oven symbolises heart full of courage and will-power against the tyranny. Fierce flames symbolise the outcome of this courage i.e. struggle against them (British)

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The line "Look there in that smithy" is an example of metaphor as smithy here symbolises heart burning with anger against the tyrannical rule of British. Read text summary of Speak Up Watch video on Speak Up Summary Listen to Speak Up Poem Summary

    The line “Look there in that smithy” is an example of metaphor as smithy here symbolises heart burning with anger against the tyrannical rule of British.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The padlocks of slavery symbolise enslaved Indians who were ruled over by British. The poet says that these padlocks will open their mouth when the flames of our will-power, courage and enthusiasm will start burning. In other words, we can get rid of the slavery if we leave no stone unturned to struRead more

    The padlocks of slavery symbolise enslaved Indians who were ruled over by British. The poet says that these padlocks will open their mouth when the flames of our will-power, courage and enthusiasm will start burning. In other words, we can get rid of the slavery if we leave no stone unturned to struggle against it.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Smithy symbolises struggle of Indians against British Rule. This struggle is full of strong will-power, courage and firm determination. Read text summary of Speak Up Watch video on Speak Up Summary Listen to Speak Up Poem Summary

    Smithy symbolises struggle of Indians against British Rule. This struggle is full of strong will-power, courage and firm determination.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The poet calls upon his countrymen to speak because they are enslaved by British. But their hearts are also enslaved. Hence he tells them that they still own their mouths, bodies and words and they are free to use them against rulers. No one can take away this freedom from us until we die. Hence theRead more

    The poet calls upon his countrymen to speak because they are enslaved by British. But their hearts are also enslaved. Hence he tells them that they still own their mouths, bodies and words and they are free to use them against rulers. No one can take away this freedom from us until we die. Hence they should leave no stone unturned to struggle against British.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    By the line, "the upright body is yours", the poet mean that although we are ruled over by British, we still own our body which we can use to stand against tyrannical rule. We should muster our courage to oppose the injustice done to us and use our body for this until we die. This is the only way toRead more

    By the line, “the upright body is yours”, the poet mean that although we are ruled over by British, we still own our body which we can use to stand against tyrannical rule. We should muster our courage to oppose the injustice done to us and use our body for this until we die. This is the only way to get independence.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The line "your words are still your own" means that we can exercise the freedom by speaking up. No one can rule our mouths. We can speak whatever we want to. Hence although we are ruled over by British, we can use our mouth to speak against them and oppose their unjust rule. Read text summary of SpeRead more

    The line “your words are still your own” means that we can exercise the freedom by speaking up. No one can rule our mouths. We can speak whatever we want to. Hence although we are ruled over by British, we can use our mouth to speak against them and oppose their unjust rule.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The phrase "Breaking of chains" symbolise standing against the British Rule who had enslaved us for 100s of years. They poet says that we must break the chains of slavery with the flames of anger and hatred against them. Read text summary of Speak Up Watch video on Speak Up Summary Listen to Speak URead more

    The phrase “Breaking of chains” symbolise standing against the British Rule who had enslaved us for 100s of years. They poet says that we must break the chains of slavery with the flames of anger and hatred against them.

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