The poet has vividly described the root. His scientific outlook and poetic imagination are mingled in his observation of the root. He considers the root to be the anchor of the tree that stands firmly on the ground. The root is actually the strength of the tree. It is the source of life. This life-supporting source is white and wet. It is white because it has never been exposed to sunlight but is hidden inside the earth. It is wet because it is full of water and other nutrients. The poet calls the root the most sensitive thereby associating human quality to the tree.



Explain: “And then it is done”.


How does the poet describe the killing of a tree in the poem, ‘On Killing a Tree’?


Why does the poet describe the killing of a tree in such graphie detail?


What is the message of the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’ according to you? Explain.


‘On Killing a Tree’ is an ironical poem.- Justify.


Give the central idea of the poem, ‘On Killing a Tree’.


Justify the appropriateness of the title of the poem, ‘On Killing a Tree’.


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


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


The substance of the Poem ‘On Killing a Tree’


Justify the title of the poem “On Killing a Tree.”

Give the central idea of the poem ‘On Killing a Tree.’


“Not a simple jab of the knife/Will do it.”—What does the phrase ‘a simple jab of the knife’ mean? Why can’t a simple jab of the knife ‘do it’?

“It has grown / Slowly consuming the earth,”—Bring out the significance of this line.


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