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A synopsis of the theme, personification and imagery alluded to by Toru Dutt in 'Our...

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monajain | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 28, 2010 at 7:31 PM via web

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A synopsis of the theme, personification and imagery alluded to by Toru Dutt in 'Our Casuarina Tree'. Any inputs on these will be greatly appreciated!

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dnguha | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 28, 2010 at 9:57 PM (Answer #1)

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The poem is in romantic suggestion and autobiographical reminiscences. The very first line of it with its image " Like a huge python" conveys the massiveness of the tree. Its grandeur is in its height and age " the rugged trunk indented deep with scars upto its very summit the stars". The tree is a source of life and "wears the scarf" of the creeper with casuarina flowers. Birds and bee gather here and the song of bird at night is endless.

The second stanza moves from the objective description of the tree to the impact it has on the poet-narrator, whose "eyes delighted on its zest". Again, the power of observation and the selection of detail instill the poem with interest---the gay baboon which sits " statue like" while its puny offspring played, the kokilas hailing the day, sleepy cows mending their way to pastures and water "like snow enmassed".

The "delight"on sseing this sight makes the poet nostalgic about her childhood. This may be taken as evidence of her romantic muse. While the tree stands as a symbol of nature's magnificence, it is dear to the poet's soul because of the sweet companions with whom she played beneath the tree. A "personal" reading would justify the sadness of " hot tears" for her childhood playmates. So great is the grief of loss that it seems the tree also laments with her.

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