“And then it is done.”-Explain how it is done.

The tree has a life of its own and man out of greed and selfishness wants to destroy it completely. Man realises that since the tree has grown for years slowly consuming the earth, therefore it cannot be killed with a simple jab of the knife. The tree will overcome ‘hacking and chopping’ by growing small stems which will give the tree life again. So by creating a deep cavity in earth man pulls out the root which is the strength of the tree. Thereafter they further subject it to various processes for commercial purposes. They scorch and choke the tree in the sun and air, and then make it undergo the process of browning and hardening. At last, they triumphantly say that “it is done”.

“And then it is done.”-Explain how it is done.”The source, white and wet,/The most sensitive, hidden/ For years inside the earth.”—How does the poet describe the source and its functions?

In ‘On Killing a Tree’ written by Gieve Patel, the source is described as ‘white and wet’, ‘most sensitive and hidden’. The source is ‘white’ as it does not get sunlight, ‘wet’ because it soaks water from the soil. The root is ‘sensitive because a slight attack to it can affect the tree and ‘hidden’ because it always remains under the soil.

The source or the root gives strength to a tree and supplies water and minerals to the other parts of a tree, thereby helping a tree in its survival.

“Why it is not quite easy to kill a tree?

How does a tree grow? What are the different stages to kill it?

Describe in detail the growth of the tree in the first stanza.

How does the tree heal itself?

What does the killing of a tree symbolise?

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

“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?

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’?

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