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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  :    give some attractive plecards about cuting of tree... View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    What are the main characters of this poem? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    This poet is only explaining the death of a tree? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    this is a ironic and symbolic poem this is a modern poem and figurative in nature Friday, March 21, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    write an autobiography of the tree. View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    how does the tree regenrate itself even after it is hacked? View All
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  1. Answer   Question  :    HOW DOES THE POET DESCRIBE THE GROWTH OF THE TREE View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    Gieve Patel's poem is not merely about killing a tree.Do you agree with this statement? 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.........

    0 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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