The Tree The Tree

Find, in the first stanza, three things that cannot happen in a treeless forest. What picture do these words create in your mind: " ... sun bury its feet in shadow ... "? What could the poet mean by the sun's 'feet'?
In a treeless forest there can be no place for the birds to chirp or for the insects to hide. Even the shadow cannot be created as there will be nothing blocking the sun’s rays. (ii) It creates a very vivid image of sun’s rays filtering through the trees and taking grip on the soil wherever it can reach but when there are no trees the sun’s rays would fall directly on the ground. It means the rays of the sun steadily grip the soil as if stepping on it when it filters through the trees.
(i) Where are the trees in the poem? What do their roots, their leaves and their twigs do? (ii) What does the poet compare their branches to?
(i) How does the poet describe the moon: (a) at the beginning of the third stanza, and (b) at its end? What causes this change? (ii) What happens to the house when the trees move out of it? (iii) Why do you think the poet does not mention "the departure of the forest from the house" in her letters?
The trees inside are moving out into the forest, the forest that was empty all these days where no bird could sit no insect hide no sun bury its feet in shadow the forest that was empty all these nights will be full of trees by morning. (a) What does the poet mean by empty forest? Why is it empty? (b) 'No sun bury its feet in the shadow', explain this line. (c) Give another word for “put or hide underground”
All night the roots work to disengage themselves from the cracks in the veranda floor. The leaves strain toward the glass small twigs stiff with exertion long-cramped boughs shuffling under the rooflike newly discharged patients half-dazed, moving to the clinic doors. (a) Why do the roots work all night? (b) Why do the twigs get stiff? (c) Give another word for “moving repeatedly from one position to another”
I sit inside, doors open to the veranda writing long letters in which I scarcely mention the departure of the forest from the house. (a) Who is 'I'? (b) What is she doing? (c) Where are the trees in the poem?
My head is full of whispers which tomorrow will be silent. Listen. The glass is breaking. The trees are stumbling forward into the night. Winds rush to meet them. The moon is broken like a mirror, its pieces flash now in the crown of the tallest oak. (a) Why would the whispers be silent tomorrow? (b) Why are the trees stumbling? (c) Give another word for “trip or momentarily lose one’s balance”.
Why are the trees moving outside?
What changes would the departure of the tree bring to the forest?
What does the poet want to tell through this poem?

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