Four Levels of No Smoke From The Chimneys

No Smoke From The Chimneys Four Levels

The poem No Smoke From The Chimneys Four Levels is:

Literal Comprehension

“No Smoke From The Chimneys” is a poem written by Nepali poet Siddhicharan Shrestha and translated by Michael Hutt.

It is a metaphorical poem. In this poem, the writer compares a lady with death. In Nepal during the struggle for democracy, the poet has no time to wipe the blood from the broken head so he says death do not call me, death does not call me.

The poet is disturbed by a woman (death) during the struggle for democracy where his people are fighting to be free canceling their meals.


Maybe this poem trying to tell us about the condition of Nepalese people in the Rana Regime. Nepalese people’s conditions, there was no education, no health care, only Rana’s children could study, the compelled living conditions of ordinary people.

Their expectation for democracy. It also interprets that women are the barrier, who disturb doing work to their men.

Critical Thinking

My dissatisfactions with this poem are:

  • How can the poet compare a lady with death?
  • Is it possible for people doing struggle without having food?
  • Is not there a good lady in their society?
  • Is it possible to stop death by requesting?


When I read this poem it reminded me of my grandfather who had already told me about the Rana Regime.

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