“No, The root is to be pulled out.” – Why has the word ‘No’ been used? How is the pulling out of the root related to the killing of the tree?

Through the word ‘No’ the poet tries to convey that a simple jab of the knife or hacking and chopping are not enough to kill a tree. That is so because despite being subjected to so much pain the tree refuses to die. The injured bark heals itself and small green leaves sprout again. A tree should be uprooted from the earth which provides support and strength to it. This process will expose the root of the tree which according to the poet is the most sensitive part of a tree. If the source of the tree gets exposed and is separated from the earth which acts like an anchor for the tree, only then the entire process of killing a tree will be completed.

“And the strength of the tree exposed.”—Where does this line occur? What is described as the strength of the tree’? How is it exposed?

The line mentioned above occurs in the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’ by Gieve Patel.

The root of a tree is described as the strength of the tree’.

When the root of a tree is pulled out of the soil, it gets exposed to the sun and air. The tree feels no pain then as it is already dead. Therefore, the root becomes brown in colour and the cell sap becomes dry. The root becomes hard, twisted in shape and withered. In this way, the strength of the tree is exposed.

“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?

“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?

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