What kind of feelings does the poet arouse, and why?

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One of the feelings that the poet Toru Dutt arouses in the poem "Our Casuarina Tree" is the feeling of respect for aged things, which by extension promotes a feeling of respect for aged individuals who have lived a life of varied experiences, both good and bad. The first verse of the poem alludes to this feeling with the line:

     The rugged trunk, indented deep with scars,

Another feeling that the poet arouses is the felling of a great appreciation of nature in all its variety. The narrator of the poem delights and looks forward to staring out at the Casuarina tree to watch baboons on the crest of the tree and their young offspring down below. The narrator also desires to watch the water-lilies by the tree and other forms of life, both plant and animal.

A third feeling that "Our Casuarina Tree" arouses is the feeling of longing for enjoyable times past. The author conveys the image of past recreational times under the tree, enjoying the outdoors and all of nature with much beloved friends/companions. In addition, the writer longs for the native climate of her homeland.

Another feeling aroused by this poem is the longing for departed loved ones, who now repose in the earth. These people were major parts of her life and she has a deep desire to live life with them again:

     Who now in blessed sleep for aye repose,—  
      Dearer than life to me, alas, were they!

The narrator asks that they not be forgotten after she is gone - this arouses a felling of the importance of leaving a legacy behind of good memories and lives well-lived.


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