Here ‘leprous hide’ refers to the rough bark of a tree, having marks. The ‘leprous hide’ of a tree bears the ‘sprouting leaves’. A leper’s skin is patchy and contains various shades of colour. The bark of a tree is also patchy and has different shades of brown and green. Therefore, the bark of a tree is compared to that of a leper’s skin. In the line mentioned above, the poet ironically suggests that a huge and destructive creature like a tree deserves to be killed brutally.

“But this alone won’t do it.” What is ‘it’? What alone won’t do it? Why?

Here ‘it refers to the act of killing a tree. The poet thinks that hacking and chopping alone will not do it because the injured trunk will heal itself and small green twigs will grow again. The small green twigs if left unchecked will attain its former size. According to the poet, hacking and chopping are not enough to kill a tree because the tree tries to cure the wound caused to it by the greedy section of mankind. Therefore with its healing power, it will repair the damage done to it and will give rise to miniature boughs.

“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?

“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?

“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.

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