Thinking about the Poem
1. Can a ‘simple jab of the knife’ kill a tree? Why not?
Ans. No, a simple jab of the knife cannot kill a tree. A tree grows under a hard process of many years. So, it can’t be killed so easily.
2. How has the tree grown to its full size? List the words suggestive to its life and activity.
Ans. The tree has grown to its full size by consuming the earth. It has absorbed sunlight, air and water for years. During this process, it has gained its full size.
3. What is the meaning of ‘bleeding bark’? What makes it bleed?
Ans. When someone snaps a part of a tree’s trunk, a sap starts oozing from that part. This is called bleeding bark. The bark bleeds when the tree is hacked or chopped.
4. The poet says ‘No’ at the beginning of the third stanza. What does he mean by this?
Ans. The poet means to say that a tree can’t be killed until and unless it root is pulled out completely
5. What is the meaning of ‘anchoring earth’ and `earth cave’?
Ans. The earth gives support to the stem of a tree. So it is called the anchoring earth. The earth gives shelter to the roots under its surface. So it is called the ‘earth cave’.
6. What does he mean by “the strength of the tree exposed”?
Ans. The real strength of a tree lies in its roots. When the roots of a tree are pulled out it means the strength of the tree is exposed.
7. What finally kills the tree?
Ans. A tree can’t be killed by hacking and chopping. To kill it permanently it should be uprooted. It should then be left to wither in the sun. In this way, a tree is killed finally.