Unchopping a Tree - Summary | The Magic of Words

W.S. Merwin

Unchopping a Tree - Summary | The Magic of Words

Unchopping a Tree

In the essay “Unchopping a Tree”, the writer presents an impossible example to convey deep meaning. Joining the chopped parts of trees refers to the new plantation of more trees in the open fields, which are full of stumps. Every part of trees refers to every part of nature whether they are small or big. Each and every part of nature is important. As we are also the creation of nature, it is our duty to maintain the balance in nature. We don’t have rights to destroy nature. Actually, we are not destroying nature but we are destroying ourselves. Our lives totally depend upon nature. Through the writer’s appeal to join the parts of the chopped trees, he wants to remind human beings about their important works to be done to conserve the greenery of nature.

Unchopping a tree is impossible. It is only a kind of feeling but certainly, it has meaning. The writer emphasizes the preservation of nature. Nature should be preserved and those persons who cur the trees must plant some more in replacement. When they save and plant the trees, it is unchopping a tree. The writer warns that it is easy to destroy but very hard to create. He further says that life of a tree and human life are the same so they should be preserved with equal emphasis. Not only the trees we should save but also should protect the habitats of some animals who live in trees.

The writer tries to persuade us how to work hard to bring the chopped tree into the original situation, which is not really possible. When a tree is felled down, there is no way to bring it into its original condition. But its place can be replaced with more trees, which we plant. Trees are also important parts of the ecosystem as other living creatures. We should think of conservation of such trees instead of deforestation for the protection of the ecosystem.

Important Questions

1. What does the essay “Unchopping a tree” suggest about conservation?
Ans: The essay ” unchopping a tree” by showing the impossibility of restoring once cut down trees, makes people aware of the fact that we should not destroy the natural forest indiscriminately. Even if by hook or crook, you are able to make the tree stand, you can’t infuse life on it. It is easy to chop but impossible to restore. Thus before we chop we must know how to unchop, which is impossible. To sum up, he warns us against deforestation. If the acts are not stopped on time, it is going to boomerang on us in the long run.

2. How is the chopping down of trees compared to a man’s life in the poem ‘The Poplar Field’?
Ans: The poet thinks that he will die one day. He says that all the pleasures of man are destroyed. Even our life is short but our enjoyment will die before our death. He says that he is lying on the earth like the tree. He feels that cutting down of trees is serious as the death of human beings. The poet thinks that the pleasures of man are perishable and momentary. So, he appeals to the people for conserving nature. He says that deforestation should be stopped.

Questions for Practice

  1. Is unchopping a tree possible? What does the essay “Unchopping a Tree” suggest about conservation and against deforestation?
  2. What does the essay “Unchopping a Tree” says for conversation and against deforestation?

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