The word this’ refers to the act of hacking and chopping the tree.

• People hack and chop to kill a tree. But hacking and chopping cannot destroy it completely. The tree has deep roots that draw sap from the earth. It gives rise to tiny twigs and miniature boughs again. Green twigs emerge from the bleeding bark. The miniature boughs grow from close to the ground and grow back to its normal size.

• To kill a tree it has to be uprooted, scorched and choked in the sun.

“No, / The root is to be pulled out—”—What does the word “No’ suggest? What are the methods used by man to completely destroy a tree?

“The source, white and wet, /The most sensitive, hidden” What does the word ‘source’ refer to here? How does the poet describe the root and its function?

Explain: “And then it is done”.

How does the poet describe the killing of a tree in the poem, ‘On Killing a Tree’?

Why does the poet describe the killing of a tree in such graphie detail?

What is the message of the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’ according to you? Explain.

‘On Killing a Tree’ is an ironical poem.- Justify.

Give the central idea of the poem, ‘On Killing a Tree’.

Justify the appropriateness of the title of the poem, ‘On Killing a Tree’.

The poem, ‘On Killing a Tree’, describes man’s cruelty and violence to nature.-Discuss.

How does a tree offer resistance to its destruction? How does its resistance fail?

The substance of the Poem ‘On Killing a Tree’

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