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  1. 1. Before You Read : a. Have ever tried chopping a dead tree? b. Have you seen an uprooted tree? c. How long can the roots of a big tree grow?
  2. 2. On Killing A Tree Gieve Patel (1940) OBJECTIVES : • Critical Appreciation of the poem • Identifying Figure of Speech, Rhyme Scheme • Developing the skills of recitation • How to write a poem • Enhancing Vocabulary
  3. 3. Gieve Patel is an Indian poet, playwright, painter, as well as a practising physician. He belongs to a group of writers who have subscribed themselves to the 'Green Movement' which is involved in an effort to protect the environment. His poems speak of deep concerns for nature and expose man's cruelty to it. On Killing A Tree Gieve Patel (1940)
  4. 4. Introduction : The poet reveals that it is difficult to kill a tree by merely cutting it because it regrows from where it is cut. If it has to be destroyed, then it has to be uprooted. The poet sensitizes the reader and highlights the fact that trees are living things. He equates trees with humans to convey that trees should not be cut because destroying trees is just like killing a human being. The poet insists time and again that it is not as easy to kill a tree as we think it to be. He reveals that real strength of a tree lies in its roots. So the poet suggests that to kill a tree, it has to completely uprooted. He then advises not to be complacent even after uprooting the tree as it may not die if the roots are connected to the earth. So the roots are to be dried under the sun thereby, snapping away the supply of nutrients. On Killing A Tree Gieve Patel It is to create an awareness in the minds of people that trees are as much living creatures as animals.
  5. 5. Theme – Human attitude towards nature Speaker – A narrator (may be the poet himself) Figureof Speech Alliteration: Bleedingbark - ‘b’ sound, White and wet - ‘w’ sound Metaphor : Leprous hide - the uneven colour of the surface of the trunk of a tree is compared to the skin of a person suffering from leprosy. Bleedingbark Repetition: ‘Pulled out’ is repeated Enjambment (End-stop is the Antonym) : A sentence in a poem continues to the next line without any punctuation mark. (to attain pace or speed, to convey multiple ideas) Scheme : Free-verse On Killing A Tree Gieve Patel
  6. 6. Word Meaning Jab: sudden rough blow Leprous hide: discoloured bark Hack : cut roughly by striking heavy blows Anchoring earth: trees are held securely with the help of the roots in the earth Snapped out: chopped out Scorching and choking: the drying up of the tree after being uprooted On Killing A Tree Gieve Patel
  7. 7. A simple cut does not destroy a tree. A tree grows gradually, it is rooted in the soil. A plant takes nutrition from the soil to grow into a big tree. The tree is firmly bound with the soil. It takes in sunlight, water and air to grow into a strong trunk and have numerous leaves. Humans cut and chop the bark of trees into many pieces but that is not sufficient to destroy the tree. The point of the tree which gets cut gives out sap just like a human being bleeds. Gradually, this would heal and from there new branches start growing again. The poet says that in order to kill the tree, it has to be uprooted. One has to separate the tree from the Earth which supports it. The roots of the tree bind the tree with the soil in the pit of the Earth. From there, the most sensitive and hidden part of the tree - the roots have to be detached. The roots are white in colour and are damp. The poet says that in order to kill the tree, it has to be uprooted. One has to separate the tree from the Earth which supports it. The roots of the tree bind the tree with the soil in the pit of the Earth. From there, the most sensitive and hidden part of the tree - the roots have to be detached. The roots are white in colour and are damp. On Killing A Tree Gieve Patel
  8. 8. Save Trees Save Life

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