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Shvoong Home>Books>Poetry>Summary of Gieve Patel’S “on Killing a Tree” Review

Summary of Gieve Patel’S “on Killing a Tree”

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
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In the poem, “On Killing a Tree” by Gieve Patel, the poet wants to say something about the cutting of trees. According to him, it will take too much time to kill a tree. It is not just a simple jab: a quick stab or blow: to do the job. The tree has grown slowly consuming the earth: eating and drinking from it: rising out of the earth, feeding upon the crust of the earth, absorbing: taking in: innumerable years of sunlight, air water, out of the trees’ leprous hide: resembling the skin of a leper (here) refers to the discolored bark of the tree: the newly formed leaves begin to sprout.
A woodcutter may hack: cut or chop with repeated and regular blows: and chop, but still this alone will not do the job. The tree does not seem to feel any kind of pain because the bleeding bark seemed to heal all the time. The trunk of the tree from close to the ground will produced curled green twigs that will rise from the miniature bows. If their growth is not checked, then they will expand again and grow to their former sizes.
The most important thing to do while killing a tree is to ensure that the root is pulled out of the anchoring: source of security and stability: earth. The tree is to be rope-tied and pulled out: snapped out: pulled apart or break with a snapping sound: or it should be pulled out entirely from the earth cave.
Finally, the strength of the tree will be exposed, from the very source where the white and wet, which is the most sensitive part which has been hidden for many years inside the earth. Then it is only a matter of scorching: burning superficially so as to discolor or damage the texture of: and choking: here drying up: in the sun. In the end, the tree will go through a process of browning, hardening, twisting and withering. Then ultimately, the tree gets killed.

Published: May 06, 2011   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    describe in detail the growth of the tree in the first stanza View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    Which line in the poem suggests that a tree has great strength to bear pain? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Not so much pain will do it . Friday, July 18, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    Why is the root described as white and wet in this poem ? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    The root is white because it does not receive sunlight and it is wet because it is in contact with dampness under the earth . Friday, July 18, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    Main point View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    whether this poems suggest the man to cut tree like that? or whether this poems trying to suggest us to don't cut the trees? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    he is totally sarcastic Thursday, August 14, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    central idea of killing a tree? ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    the central idea is not about how a tree should be chopped. the poet has rather satirised men's effort to kill a tree and they never rest until the 'job'is done. The poem touches our heart to see how a tree is killed. it presents a humanitarian message and aims at advising us to abstain from such brutality for our own existence and that of mother earth. we must behave sensibly not to hurt this good friend of ours. the systematic description is presented to arouse our sense and conscience Wednesday, June 11, 2014
  1. Answer  :    yuted5 Saturday, June 07, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    How does the tree heal itself? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    What is the exact pronunciation of "GIEVE". View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    How does the tree heal itself View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    central idea of killing a tree View All
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  1. 4. sreemadh

    killing a tree

    cuting a tree is a very easy job but killing a treee is a difficult job. here the poet explain how to kill a tree but the inner meaning of this poem is not cut the trees.........

    1 Rating Friday, February 07, 2014
  2. 3. bebo

    worst

    this is exactly the poem and not the summary!!!

    1 Rating Monday, July 22, 2013
  3. 2. unknown

    english

    The review of the poem is good. But I have to tell you only this; the review of the poem should include something about the poet too. In other side you have done a great job.

    1 Rating Friday, February 22, 2013
  4. 1. sanj

    good morning

    who ever has writen this summary, it is beautifully done it helped me understand more about the poem THANK YOU

    1 Rating Sunday, March 18, 2012
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