The are trees in the house of the poet which are moving out into the forest . The forest without tree looked empty and the birds and insects do not stay in it. In the absence of of shadow no rays of the sun could pass.,

The night remains busy in her work. The roots of the trees try to separate themselves from the cracks in the floor of the veranda. The leaves and twigs try to moved and come out of the glass. The poet compares the happyness as well as struggle of the branches which are trying to come out under of the roof of the poet’s house . They are as happy as the patient who have discharge from the cknic and are ready to move to their house .

The poet is much sad at the departurn of the tress from the house . She is unable to mention it in her letter . The night has started with the shining of the moon in the sky. She can experience the small and voice of the leaves and lichen. She is troubled at their whispering.

In the night the tress are struggling to come forwared in the forest . Their encounter to come out from the house has broken the glass . In the night , the wind is working and it is rushing to welcome then. The moon too has broken into the pieces and its flash can seen on the oak as if it were in a crown.


Q-1 Where are the trees moving to ?

Ans- The trees are moving out into the forest.

Q-2 Where are the roots ?

Ans- The roots are entangled in the cracks of the veranda floor.

Q-3 What are the roots doing ?

Ans- The roots are trying to separate themselves from the cracks of the veranda floor so that can move out into the forest.

Q-4 Where have the cracks appeared ?

Ans- The cracks have appeared in the veranda floor.

Q-5 Name the poem and the poet.

Ans- (i) Name of the poem : The Trees.

(ii) Name of the poet : Adrienne Rich

Q-6 What are the leaves trying to do ?

Ans- The leaves are trying to make efforts to move toward the glass.

Q-7 How are the branches rearranging themselves under the roof ?

Ans- The branches are moving repeatedly from one position to another.

Q-8 Where are the tress as mentioned in the poem ?

Ans- The tress are in the house of the poetess.

Q-9 What do their roots and their leaves do ?

Ans- The roots and the leaves work all night to separate themselves from the cracks of the veranda floor so that they may move out into the forest .

Q-10 What does the poet compare their boughs to ?

Ans- The poet compares their boughs to newly discharged patients who move in a half-dozed state out of the clinic doors.

Q-10 Why is the glass breaking ?

Ans The glass of the veranda is breaking because trees are stumbling forward.

Q-11 What is the moon compared to ?

Ans- The moon is compared to the mirror .

Q-12 Where do the pieces of the moon flesh ?

Ans The pieces of the moon flesh in the top of the tallest oak. That is the moon – light is seen scattered through the leaves of the high trees .


Q-1 “………no sun bury its feet in shadow.” What Does the poet mean by the sun’s feet ? What picture do these words create in mind ?

Ans The sun’s feet refer to the sunrays which is not able to penetrate through the thick cluster of tress . These words create a dark and gloomy picture in the mind .

Q-2 what messaage dose adrienne Rich want to convery thorough her poem-The trees ?

Ans Adrienne rich wants to make man aware of his merciless and selfish behaviour. Man sould not empty the forest and bring the tree inside to decorate his interior. Imprisonet in the houses, they feel suffocated and restless. There is neiter enough space nor light for there growth. So, we must take them out in the open and let them live happily in their natural habitat the forests.

Q-3 Find, in the first stanza, three things that cannot happen in a treeless forest.

Ans In a treeless forest, no bird can sit, no insect can hide, no sun can bury its feet or rays in shadow .

Q-4 What dose the poet compare their branches to ?

Ans the poet compares them with the half dazed newly discharged patient coming out of the clinic door.

Q-5 What picture do these words create in your mind : ‘……sun bury its feet in shadow …..’ ?

What could the poet mean by the ‘s ‘feet’ ?

Ans these lines “Sun bury its in shadow” create a picture as if sun is a human being having limbs and is trying to hide its seat in the shadow of the trees in the forest. But the actual meaning of this line is that in a treeless forest there shall be no shadow where the sun could enter to show its light.

the sun feet indicates the sunlight or rays of the sun. The sun spreads light every where and penetrates even in the darkest of the forest to spread light and to take away shadows.


Q-1 where are the trees in the poem ? What do their roots, their leaves , and their twigs do ?

The trees are in the house. The roots try to free thenselves from the cracks of the veranda floor . the leaves make effort to move towards the branches or twigs become stiff as they try to pull themselves towards the light and big branches change their position frequently under the roof. They have to squeeze in the liited space under the roof.

Q-2 How does the poet describl the moon : (a) at the beginning of the third stanza and (b) at its end ? What causes this change ?

Ans In the beginning of the third stanza (a) the poet says that one can see the whole moon shining in the open sky. But in the end of the stanza (b) he says thst the moon seems to be broken like a mirror and its pieces shine in the crown of the tallest oak tree.

The change is caused by the shifting of the trees ouitside. First , the sky was open , no leaves covered any part of it because the trees were inside but when the trees got shifted outside , they coverd a part of the sky . One could see only the flashes of the broken image of moon through the leaves.

Q-3 Dose the poem presents a conflict between man and nature ? compare it with A Tiger in the zoo. Is the poet suggesting that plants and trees , used for ‘imprisoned ‘, and need to break out’ ?

Ans Definitely , the poem presents a conflict a between man and nature. for our selfish motives we are being unjust to plans and animals. We use them for our pleasure, enjoyment and entertainment.

In the poem ‘A Tiger in the zoo ‘ the tiger is imprisoned in a small cage, away from natural home and fellow beings, feels restless and angry and longs to free himself. Similary. the plants inside the house feel suffocation and crave to come out and breath in the open in their natural home, that is forest.

Isn’t it a sin to take away the liberty of others ? WE should not imprison plants and animals and let them live and enjoy thenselves in their own habitat.

Q-4 You may read the poem ‘On killing a tree ‘ by Gieve patel (Beehive-Textbook in English for class IX, NCERT). compare and contrast it with the poem you have just read .

Ans Both the poem ‘the trees ‘and ‘on killing a Tree’ reflect the varying strenght of the trees.

In the poem , “The Trees they are shown weak in strength due to long imprisonment in the house, they grow weak, their twigs are stiff with exertion, the boughts are cramped and shuffle under the roof like newly discharged patients, they move half dazed.

In the poem “on killing a tree” the tree is shown so strong and poerful that no hack or chop or job of knife can do it any harm. Even the bleeding bark is healed soon.

In both the poems the serving instinct of tree is highlighted. “In Trees” the leaves strain against the glass. They even break into get sun light. The roots make cracks in the ground to support themselves and get water from the earth.

In the poem “on killing a tree” even if you cut the tree close to the ground, you cannot kill it . New twing will sprout and if unchecked they will expand again their former size.

Updated: July 27, 2022 — 9:02 am

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *