“Our Casuarina Tree” by Toru Dutt is a reflective poem that encapsulates the memories of the poet’s childhood spent under the shade of a Casuarina tree. The tree symbolizes the beauty and purity of her past. Read More English Summaries.
Our Casuarina Tree Summary
Our Casuarina Tree Summary in English
This poem is a description of a Casuarina tree. Here, Casuarina tree is used for a big banyan tree which grew in the house garden of the poet. The creeper grew like a huge python winding round and round the tree. The tree grew very high. No other tree could grow near it. The birds and bees overflew around it with their sweet songs. Men used to repose under its shade. The poet was also delighted to rest here.
It looked very attractive during winter. The cuckoos used to hail the day from its boughs. It was very beautiful and vast. Its magnificence laid in the fact that the poet had several memories of her childhood under the tree. The memory of her dear one is also attached with it. It recalled the death of her brother and sister who died prematurely. The tree had shared all her mourning.
Our Casuarina Tree
The tree has a classical value. At all times, one feels a trance like situation to her. The poet has hopour and love for the tree and it is for her dearer than life. She feels sad at the thought that the tree may perish one day. She wishes if she could save it. But no one can do it because it is a natural process and the tree will meet its end one day. Nothing is immortal-neither men nor trees. But still the poetess wishes that the tree will overcome all the curse of natural life and be always protected because of poetess’ love. The tree will remain alive in her poem.