What does the killing of a tree symbolise?

The killing of a tree symbolises deforestation. The plundering of trees is a threat to our environment. A tree takes a lot of time to grow by absorbing air, water, sunlight and minerals from the soil. The roots give strength to the trees. But people kill the trees mercilessly for their immediate interests not considering the long-term benefits and as a result, the environment, as well as mankind, are suffering. Therefore we must be sensitive towards trees and killing of trees must be stopped.

“It takes much time to kill a tree, “—Why doe it take much time to kill a tree? According to the poet, how is the tree finally killed?

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

Why does it take “much time to kill a tree? How is the tree finally killed?

In this poem, instead of ‘cutting’ a tree the word “killing” is used, which indicates the magnitude of the destruction and the perversity of the tragic act. For this, the killer needs to follow a meticulous process. No amount of “hacking and chopping” will be enough as a tree will heal its wound soon. Small twigs will sprout again and will grow slowly to regain its former structure thereby offering resistance to the destruction of a tree.

To stop this, the tree should be uprooted entirely. As the earth has been acting as its anchor for ages, it should be separated from the earth. A strong rope must be tied around it, and with its help it should be snapped out from the ground. Thus the strength of the tree the root will be exposed, and then it must be left to die slowly in the scorching sun where it will gradually turn brown, hard, twisted and withered. This is how a tree’s resistance will be failed and the entire killing process will be completed.

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

How does the poet criticise the action of human beings in the poem?

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

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

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?

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