• Leaves grow from its ‘leprous hide! 

• The poet here personifies the tree by describing its bark as ‘leprous. He uses a medical term to personify the tree.

• The expression is ironical. Leprosy usually eats away the body and hampers normal growth. But here, the leprous hide is a source of growth. It bears the leaves that produce food. It is not a symbol (image) of decay (fr), but of growing life. This kind of image certainly makes the poem a modern one.

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