How has the tree been given human attributes in the poem?

In the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’ certain human attributes have been given to the tree. Here the tree has been depicted as a child who after birth, gradually strengthens its position and finds nourishment from nature for itself. The tree takes years to grow slowly consuming the earth, rising out of it and drawing nourishment from it. It spreads its roots and absorbs sunlight, air and water which help it to mature and sprout leaves. The tree is also described as someone who can feel pain and who bleeds when gets a wound. So the expression, ‘bleeding bark’ is used to emphasize the human attribute. Again the roots of the tree is called ‘sensitive’ that is a typical human quality and if they are snapped out completely, it kills the tree. Moreover, the word “killing” is mostly used in association with a human being. Here, this exceptional use of the word ‘killing’ makes it evident that the poet has brilliantly given human attributes to the tree that adds to the much valuable impact of the poem.

Gieve Patel brings out the eternal relationship of a tree with the earth in a poetic way Discuss.

The relationship of a tree with the earth is almost like a mother-child relationship, which is brought out by Patel in a poetic way in this poem. When a tree is a small sapling the earth gives it shelter. It allows that sapling to spread its roots into the earth and the earth acts as an anchor, thereby securing the tree. Then it nourishes the tree by feeding it with sunlight, air and water. The tree grows up consuming the earth. When it becomes a full-grown tree it tries to look after the world in return. It gives shelter to many birds, it helps human beings as well as other creatures to live by offering a suitable environment, absorbing carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen and also by providing food. Every part of a tree tries to repay the world in every possible way. Thus an eternal bond exists between the two.

What is an image? Comment on the use of imagery in the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’.

What do you think is the purpose of the poet in the poem? Is it fulfilled?

‘On Killing a Tree’ Is this poem a commentary on major environmental issues?

How is the life-force of the tree described in the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’?

How does Gieve Patel present contradictory images of life and death in the poem?

The poem ‘On Killing a Tree’ seems to be a protest. Who does the poem protest against and why?

“Modern man, out of his indiscriminate greed and selfishness uproot nature and its very soul.”-Evaluate this statement with reference to the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’.

Give the substance of the poem ‘Asleep in the Valley’.

Justify the title of the poem “Asleep in the Valley.”

Write the theme of the poem Asleep in the Valley’.

“.they fill the hollow full of light.”- What is the ‘hollow’ referred to in the line? How does the hollow look? Who is lying in the hollow? How is he lying there?

“A soldier, very young, lies open-mouthed,”—Where was the soldier found lying and how? How does the poet describe the soldier’s face? Why, according to you, was he lying open-mouthed?

“His feet among the flowers, he sleeps.”—Where does this line occur? Who is the person referred to here? Where is the person sleeping? Describe the nature of his sleep.

“His smile… without guile.” -Mention the figure of speech used here. What does the poet want to mean here?

“His smile / Is like an infant’s”—Whose smile is referred to here? Why is his smile compared with that of an infant? How does nature treat him?

“Ah, Nature, keep him warm; he may catch cold.”—Who is ‘he’? Why may he catch cold? Why does the poet ask Nature to keep him warm?

“The humming insects don’t disturb his rest;”-Who rests and where? What put him to rest? Why can’t the insects disturb his rest?

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