How does the poet evoke lyricism in nature’s resilience in the first two stanzas?

The poet evokes lyricism in nature’s resilience in the first two stanzas through the images of a feeding tree and a healing tree. Nature gives strength to the tree by acting as its support for the anchoring roots and helping it grow by providing nourishment to it in the form of sunlight, air and water. In the next stanza, nature gives the tree healing power to withstand the hacking and chopping done to it by man. It is given the ability to resist the atrocity of human beings. However wounded the tree would be, the “bleeding” bark will heal and the small twigs and miniature boughs will grow. This in turn will cure the injury and give back the tree its former shape.

is the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’ a study of ‘environment and tree”?

Yes the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’ is a study of ‘environment and tree’. The poet wants to convey a message through this poem. According to him, man digs his own grave by cutting down trees indiscriminately which are an integral part of the environment. While felling a tree to fulfil his selfish interests, man proves himself to be nothing but a brutal murderer. Man forgets the eternal bond that the tree shares with the world. They both complement each other. The tree uses the earth as its support, affixing its roots firm under the ground and drawing nourishment from it which helps the tree to grow. The tree in return maintains the ecological balance of the world, protects the crust from erosion, and with every part of it, helps mankind. Man, without considering it, encourages deforestation to serve their short-term needs which will ultimately result in the destruction of the world. So, this poem makes the readers aware of the environment and most importantly the role of the tree in maintaining it.

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

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

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?

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