Category : Poetry: Study Aid

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The Heart of theTree 

Henry Cuyler Bunner 

Heart of a TreeFrom time immemorial, there is an all-embracing attachment of man with Nature, particularly, his dependence on trees. Trees are essential for his survival. However, as time progressed man’s attitude to Nature, and to trees, were inimical and disastrous. There has been massive deforestation because of our greed for agricultural land and timber and necessity of cheap fuel. This large-scale deforestation remains, even today, a menace to the biodiversity of our environment.In our times, it is significant that we comprehend our role in preserving the balance of the environment in Nature for our own benefit and survival. We should review our stance towards Nature where we realise the importance of the trees. Trees are of great importance to man in all spheres of his life. The planting of a tree is not merely a mechanical action but an act of personal, social and global import.
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A River 
 A.K. Ramanujan
The poem A River by A.K.
Ramanujan is a tour de force of
impressive potency and insightful philosophy and yet a poem characterised by
its graceful lucidity and finely honed criticism. Through the poem A River, the poet raises the question of
an artist’s commitment to the society.

In this poem, the poet has compared and contrasted the mind-set of
the old poets and those of the new poets to human misery. Both the poets are
apathetic to human sorrow and suffering. Their poetry does not mirror the
miseries of the human beings; on the other hand they are concerned with the
themes that are far away from the stark reality before them. They write about
the beauty of the river in full flood completely ignoring the devastation and
human tragedy wreaked by this beastly force.
In this poem, the poet
refers to the river Vaikai which flows through the city of Madurai.
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            <![CDATA[<span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet who lived, for the most part, an introverted and solitary life. Dickinson was a productive closed-door poet: most of her poems were published posthumously, and critics now consider Dickinson to be a major American poet. Her poems mainly deal with themes of death<a href=""><img alt="wpid-img_a0507099aa1" border="0" height="169" src="" style="background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; display: inline; float: right; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;" title="wpid-img_a0507099aa1" width="148" /></a>h and immortality. The poem <i>Because I could not stop for death</i> is typical Emily Dickinson in its presentation of Death. Death is considered as positive, even desirable, feature of life as it brings immortality to the mortals. Contrary to the common perception of death as fearful and terrible, Emily Dickinson depicts death as a lover and a suitor that takes her to the land of eternity- a realm of timelessness- where she experiences ultimate bliss.</span><br />

The poem Because I could not stop for Death is in the form of a monologue and the speaker, a woman , communes from beyond the grave, from the domain of Eternity.Each stanza of the poem can be considered to represent a particular aspect: the first stanza shows the arrival of Death as a suitor at the woman’s door; the second stanza describes the journey of the two lovers; the woman and Death accompanied by Immortality; the third stanza presents the sights  on their journey; the fourth stanza brings the realisation of death by the woman; in the fifth stanza  the lovers arrive at the house of death; and the sixth stanza is located at Eternity from where the woman speaks of her journey and the attainment of immortality.Read More “Poetry Study Aid: Emily Dickinson: Because I Could Not Stop For Death”

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The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost

Extract I
Two Roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not take both
And be one traveller,long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
1. What is intended by diverged? What goes the yellow wood indicate?
Diverged means to ‘go in a different direction’. As the poet or the speaker of the poem started his journey he came to a point where the road forked in two different directions placing him in a dilemma.
The yellow wood suggests that the leaves of the trees are yellow and hence the season is autumn.
Some critics suggest that yellow colour, suggesting the onset of old age, denotes Robert Frost’s middle-aged status. (The poem’s autobiographical element). Frost wrote the poem when he was no longer young.
2. The poet or the traveler feels sorry.
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