hamla hai chaar sū dar-o-dīvār-e-shahr kā
sab jañgaloñ ko shahr ke andar sameT lo

حملہ ہے چار سُو در و دیوارِ شہر کا
سب جنگلوں کو شہر کے اندر سمیٹ لو


I get the meaning of each word independently, but unable to compile them in order to get the meaning of the whole sher.

What I understand from this: "Someone is attacked by someone from all sides and that person is advising or ordering others to collect all the forests inside the town".

But I don't think that is what Jaun Eliya meant this from the sher.

  • Can't you understand anything at all, given you understand the words? It seems to me that you want other people to do your homeworks for you. – Gallifreyan Jun 11 '17 at 10:48
  • @Gallifreyan:all i learnt abot shayaris is that a sher can be interpreted in many different ways,but getting the correct interpretation is very hard. – Net Jun 11 '17 at 10:52
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    Net: I don't speak or read Urdu, so my ability to help you is limited. However, I added the [khamoshi-shayari] tag to your other question because, as best as I could tell, that was the name of the author of that poem. Let me know if that is incorrect (and, if possible, the correct names for both of your questions), and I'll fix that for you. (You won't be able to create new tags on your own until you have 150 reputation points.) – Shokhet Jun 11 '17 at 16:36
  • Shayari seems to be good sense of humour!! – P.Styles Jun 11 '17 at 19:56
  • i think these kind of assignments should be given in all universities which makes students learn out of the box. – P.Styles Jun 11 '17 at 19:57

To explain what a sher means, we should first know about what a sher is. and what is there in the sher to understand.

First let me tell you about in a SHER, what does Misra e Oola(first line) and Misra e Saani(Second line) usually represent.

  • Misra e Oola in a Sher is Daa'wa(دعویٰ, Claim). So in the first line the writer claims something.
  • Misra e Saani in a sher is Daleel (دلیل, Argument). So in the second line, the writer tries to prove what he had claimed above in the first line.

In this Poetic verse, Assume the first person sitting in a Forest/Jungle, Saying that they are under attack by the Cities from four of the sides he has claimed that they are under attack and in the second line he provides a solution for it, to Cover all the forest in the cities, this means you should not let the cities to grow and cover all the wild life.

  • Hi, welcome to the site. I'm a little bit confused: you're using quote blocks, but as far as I can tell, you haven't mentioned who you are quoting from. – user111 Oct 4 '17 at 13:23
  • Welcome! This looks like a nice explanation, but it would be improved by adding sources (especially if you've used them in composing this answer, as Hamlet suggests). – Rand al'Thor Oct 4 '17 at 13:35
  • Well, I just wrote what I knew about the Urdu and Urdu Poetry. The block quote I used was just to make the text stand from the other explanation. I will appreciate if you let me know how can I improve it. Thank you! – Jamshaid Kamran Oct 4 '17 at 14:33

By reading it, it's quite obvious that the literal meaning is:

Attack of the doors and walls of the city from the four directions
Gather all the forests inside the city

Here, the Shayar Jaun Eliya, conveys that the walls of the cities are expanding. So there has to be the deforestation at nearby places. So the shayar asks us to put the forest(s) in the city, i.e., to plant the trees in the city.

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