Chapter 1

NCERT
Class 10
English
Solutions
2. How does Frost present nature in this poem? The following questions may help you to think of an answer : (ii) Again, what is “a hemlock tree”? Why doesn’t the poet write about a more ‘beautiful’ tree such as a maple, or an oak, or a pine?

Question:

Again, what is “a hemlock tree”? Why doesn’t the poet write about a more ‘beautiful’ tree such as a maple, or an oak, or a pine?

Answer:

‘A hemlock tree’ is a poisonous tree with small white flowers. The poet doesn’t write about a more beautiful tree as he wants to express the darker side of nature to reflect the bad mood of the poet. On the other hand, beautiful trees such as maple, oak, or pine reflect the brighter side of nature.

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