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Shvoong Home>Books>Poetry>Summary of “the Laburnum Top” by Ted Hughes Review

Summary of “the Laburnum Top” by Ted Hughes

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
  The top of the Laburnum; a short tree with hanging branches, yellow flowers and poisonous seeds: any of several small trees belonging to the genus Laburnum,  of the legume family, having elongated clusters of pendulous yellow flowers, esp. L. alpinum,  the Scotch laburnum; is quite still and silent in the yellow afternoon of the September sunlight. The leaves of this tree are turning yellow and all its seeds are falling slowly.
                When the goldfinch; a small singing bird with yellow feathers on its wings; a European finch, Carduelis carduelis, having a crimson face and wings marked with yellow: any of certain related American finches of the genus Carduelis, as C. tristis, the male of which has yellow body plumage in the summer; comes with a twitching chirrup of suddenness, a Startlement; to disturb or agitate suddenly as by surprise or alarm: to cause to start involuntarily, by or as by a sudden shock: at a branch end. Just like a lizard which is sleek alert and abrupt she enters the thick branches of the Laburnum and starts up the machine of chitterlings; the small intestine of swine, esp. when prepared as food; a tremor of wings and Trillings. The whole tree trembles and thrills which is the engine of the goldfinch’s family. She stokes; to poke, stir up, and feed (a fire): to tend the fire of (a furnace, esp. one used with a boiler to generate steam for an engine); supply with fuel: to shake up the coals of a fire: to tend a fire or furnace: the tree completely and flirts out to a branch-end, showing her barred face identity mask.
                  Then with an eerie; Inspiring inexplicable fear, dread, or uneasiness; strange and frightening: Suggestive of the supernatural; mysterious; delicate whistle-chirrup whisperings, she launches away towards the infinite; immeasurably great: indefinitely or exceedingly great: unlimited or immeasurable in extent of space, duration of time, etc.: unbounded or unlimited; boundless; endless: and the laburnum subsides; to sink to a low or lower level; to become quiet, less active, or less violent; abate: to sink or fall to the bottom; settle; precipitate: to empty.
Published: July 12, 2010   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    to what is the bird movement compared? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    naugthy pagal View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    what is the subject matter of laburnum top poem View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    what is the poem trying to convey? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    r u mad or pagal ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    yes sir we r tottaly mad sorry sir Tuesday, June 11, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    What do you like most about the poem? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    who is the author of this poem? ( 3 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Ted Hughes Tuesday, March 05, 2013
  1. Answer  :    TEG HUGHES Friday, February 01, 2013
  1. Answer  :    ted hughes Wednesday, December 05, 2012
  1. Answer   Question  :    whats the symbolism in this poem? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    the tree is the symbol of humanlife which is usually full of pain, suffering and literary there is nothing worthy.the arrival of the bird symbolizes the hapiness that rarely comes and does not last long. Sunday, July 28, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    What is the meaning of 'barred face identity mask'? ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Barred faced identity mask means..... The thickness of trees(branches of the tree)hide her face and act like a mask and as she pokes out of the tree,the mask is gone. ( branches@ bars and leaves@mask) Sunday, September 16, 2012
  1. Answer  :    the lines on the face of the bird became her identity Sunday, July 22, 2012
  1. Answer   Question  :    Is this a very great poem with a very great meaning?? ( 3 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    i think it is.. Sunday, February 17, 2013
  1. Answer  :    Yess... Thursday, August 09, 2012
  1. Answer  :    yes Saturday, July 14, 2012
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  1. 8. avneesh


    It is good that some people share their experience with others.Some may consider this bookish while some may be grateful.But whatever it is,the writer has taken some effort to write down this explanation for the readers so one must give him some credit-so do i.

    0 Rating Saturday, June 08, 2013
  2. 7. Mean

    GOOD explaination

    hi it was great.IF you people dont undrstand why bother to study atleast this person tried to give an explaination.KEEP IT UP DUDE....!

    1 Rating Saturday, April 14, 2012
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    0 Rating Saturday, January 07, 2012
  4. 5. Divyanka

    labournum top

    This should be in simple words so that any one can understand it. this is simply written in bookish language.

    0 Rating Thursday, September 29, 2011
  5. 4. bineesh


    plz dont lift\copy articles directly from the book ...........

    3 Rating Monday, September 19, 2011
  6. 3. ishita

    review on summary

    pathetic..did not understand it properly!!!should be explained it a decent manner.. :(

    1 Rating Sunday, September 18, 2011
  7. 2. anonymous

    laburnum top

    it'd be better if it would be simpler coz its too complicated . but all in all great explanation.

    1 Rating Friday, August 19, 2011
  8. 1. pooja


    nice explanation thanxxxxx

    1 Rating Monday, July 18, 2011