The Poplar Field

Lesson 11

The Poplar Field: W. Cowper

 

Summary

 

"The poplar field" is about the protection of ecology and environment. In thus poem William Couper suggests us to conserve natural beauty for heart pleasure. The poem is popular for its celebration of the rural and its nostalgic tone.

 

William Cooper says that the poplars are cut down. So, there is neither shade nor whispering sound. The wind does not play with leaves and Ouse river does not receive the image of poplar trees. Poet says that 12 years have passed very quickly. Poet used to sit under the shade of poplars at the bank of the river. But, at present poplars are laid down on the grass and changed into the furniture. The blackbird has flown into the next jungle for shelter. So, there is no more charming song of bird. Poet is worried for his fletching yours. Very soon, he will die inside the grave before growing next poplar field. Finally, poet realizes that human life is very short and our enjoyments are shorter than this. Cutting down the trees or destroying nature means destroying our own pleasure.

 

To sum up. William Cowper advocates for the conservation of forest. We are responsible for the destruction of natural beauty. So, it is our responsibility to protect nature. Nature is life for us Destruction of jungle and oner use of natural resources means destroying our own life and pleasure.



Short Answer Questions

 

1.Interpret the poem "Popular Field" in your own words. Does the poem indirectly instruct us to work for afforestation? [5]

 

2067 Q.No.5b, 2075 Set B Q.No.5d and 2075 Set B Q.No.5d

 

The Poplar Field is a profound contemplation over the transition of human life and the things in nature that serve as remarkable source of pleasure to humans. The poem urges us to protect nature. In the poem the poet expresses his personal emotion and feeling with nostalgic tone. The poet used to enjoy among the poplar trees in the past but now as the tree has been cut down the poet doesn't get any cool shade and melodious song of the wind. The wind no longer plays and sings in the leaves of poplar trees because the tree no longer exists and the poet could no longer see the reflection of poplar trees in the water of Oise River The poem is all about deforestation and destruction of the poplar fields in the bank of the Ouse. River in England He says that he has missed everything in his twelve years of running life. He recalls that it was his favorite place to stay which gave him shade, but regrets that they are laid. The poem mocks at human pleasure thus is a satire. The transitory human pleasure for which they cut the trees dies sooner than they die. The bitter fact makes the poet contemplate on the temporary nature of human pleasure. The poet used to feel tremendous pleasure in the company of the poplar trees but now when the trees have been destroyed his pleasure too has perished and his pleasure cannot be restored in his lifetime, because it takes long time for the new poplar trees to grow in the place of the old ones. So, the poet concludes that human enjoyment has shorter death than their short lives and means that human pleasure dies sooner than human being themselves.


2. How is the poem ‘The Poplar Field’ about the defense nature conservation? Explain

 

 2073 Partial B Q.No.4b, 2074 Set B Q.No.4c and 2073 Set D Q.No.5c

 

William Cooper lenses nature conservation to the poem ‘The Poplar Field’. By giving a wild picture of the destroyed popular field and comparing it with the poplar field which the speaker had seen twelve years ago the narrator expresses his one of defense. Showing the destruction is another way of defending natures destruction.

 

The poplar field is about the protection of ecology and environment. In this poem, William Cowper Suggests us to conserve natural beauty by human pleasure.

 

William Cowper says that the puppies are cut down So there is neither shade nor whispering sound. The wind does not play with leaves and Ouse River does not receive the image of poplar trees. Poet says that 12 years have passed very quickly Poet used to sit under the shade of poplars x the back of the river But, at present poplars are laid down on the grass and changed into the future. The blackbird has flown into the next jungle for shelter. So, there is no more charming song of bird. Poet is worried for his fleeting years. Very soon; he will lie inside the grave before growing next poplar field Finally poet realized that human life is very short and our enjoyments are shorter than this. Cutting down the trees or destroying nature means destroying our own pleasure.

 

In this way, connecting the destruction of the poplars with the destruction of human pleasure, the poetic persona pleads for nature conservation and defenses the destruction of nature.


3. Summarize the poem "The Poplar Field” in a paragraph.

 

2070 Set D Q.No.5b, 2071 Set B Q.No.5b and 2072 Set C Q.No.5b

 

William Cowper's love towards nature in rural life is Visible in the poem "The Poplar Field The poems remarkable for his celebration for the rural and nostalgic tone This poem is a result of the poet's second visit to the same landscape, which he had visited 12 years ago. It was the bank of river Ouse, which was filled with tall poplar trees. It provided shade to the poet. There used to blow cool breeze and the melodious song of black birds which had entertained the poet. But now the trees are cut and are fallen on the ground. It cannot provide shade to anyone nor there is cool breeze blowing. The black birds have flown away in search of new shelter and therefore, the poet cannot listen to their sweet songs Is anymore. By looking this degraded situation of the same landscape, the poet becomes very sad. Again. the poet thinks that limited years of his life are passing away very quickly. Very soon he will be dead and buried. But he regrets that he will be able to see such pilar trees on the bank at the river Ocean in het Henley regrets for himself but the pathetic one of nature also draws his attention towards the ‘Perishing Pleasure’ House of human Life very short and one must try to with joy and pleasure. But their bad luck is the joy and pleasure last for shorter time and for this they themselves are responsible.



4. How does the poet plead for a defense of nature conservation through the poem? [5]

 

2069 Q.No.5c and 2071 Set A Q.No.5a

 

In the poem The Poplar Field William Cowper pleads for a defense of nature conservation. For that he gives an example of a deforested poplar field. By showing the consequences of the destruction of poplar the poet the poet pleads us for the nature preservation On revisiting the place were beautiful poplars were there twelve years ago, the poet finds that poplars are lying on the ground as they have indiscriminately been chopped down He also pleads for nature conservation by mentioning his grave and the momentary human pleasure in the poem The Poplar Field the poet powerfully presents the threatening to our environment from all around and suggests the need to conserve it for the sake of the earth and its inhabitants The poet appreciates the pristine wilderness, rural beauty and expresses his severe grief on their destruction because of unwise human activities. The poet, through this poem inspires us to be sincere and devote ourselves to protect it we keep our unwise act of chopping down trees indiscriminately, the entire environment will be affected badly by it jeopardizing the life on the planet Besides calamities like landslide, soil erosion, food, drought greenhouse effect and desertification, the lives of human beings as well as birds and animals will be jeopardized Birds and animals will escape away to other places in search of shelters, river banks will be destroyed making the areas prone of food and enhancing the risk of water pollution Showing the link between human happiness and environmental destruction the poet appeals us to conserve the nature for the sake of our own happiness.



5. What changes did the poet see in the poplar field when he came back after 12 years? [5]

 

2072 Q.No.5b

 

The poet shows the changes that he has seen after twelve years in the poplar field. Before twelve years poet had enjoyed beautiful view of the poplar field. He had seen the reflection of trees on the river He used to sit in the shed on the trees but the trees are cut down now. Thus, the poem is a result of the poet's second visit to the same landscape, which he had visited 12 years ago. It was the bank of river Ouse, which was filled with tall poplar trees. It provided shade to the poet There used to blow cool breeze and the melodious song of black birds which had entertained the poet. But now the trees are cut and are fallen on the ground. It cannot provide shade to anyone nor there is cool breeze blowing. The black birds have flown away in search of new shelter and therefore, the poet cannot listen to their sweet songs anymore. By looking this degraded situation of the same landscape, the poet becomes very sad.


Long Answer Questions

 

6. Discuss how the poet W. Cowper links up the idea of the cut down poplars with the end of human life and pleasures. [10]

 

2072 Set E Q.No.4c, 2073 Partial A Q.No.4c, 2074 Partial Set C Q.No.4c, and 2076 Partial D Q.No.4c

 

In the poem The Poplar Field William Cowper compares the chopping down of the poplar trees with the end of human pleasure.

 

When the speaker came back in the poplar field after twelve years, he saw many changes in the popular field. The trees were cut down. They were lying down on the ground there was no reflection of trees in the Ouse River. The black birds had left the popular field. The poet couldn't hear bird's song. The wind wasn't blowing in the leaves of trees as in the past. He sat on cut down trees. The popular field has changed to a desert. The sight of the fallen poplars makes the poet feel sad. He realizes that he will die soon in the future and lie in the grave like the fallen poplars lying on the grass. The poet also says that our pleasures are shorter than our life. These are the result of deforested. These are poplar trees. After he sees this destruction, he becomes nostalgic and sentimental, thus mentions that the time is passing fast and that he will die sooner than another such field emerges. Indirectly he wants to say that the trees give us everything from shelter to the resources which are for our pleasure. But human beings are such foolish that they do not think of the preservation When they cut down the poplar they cut down their pleasure.

 

This poem is a satire to the present human civilization that has become unaware for the perfection of nature resources. Human being cut down the trees for their sell and pleasure. But the poet mocks at this H believes that once the trees are cut down the human pleasure automatically ends He also makes it clear that human life is short and shorter is the life of the pleasure. Our pleasure dies sooner than we die It this Is the fact he questions is it good to run for the momentary pleasure which in return make a full stop to the upcoming pleasure of our life Thus the poet connects the idea of cutting down of the popular with end the human life in general and their pleasure in particular. By doing so he urges us towards the preservation and protection of the forest in particular and nature in general.

 


7. Describe how W. Cowper has expressed his defense of nature conservation in the poem "The Poplar Field"

 

2072 Partial A Q.No.4b

 

The popular poem “The Poplar Field", by William Cowper is written in the defense of nature conservation. He has expressed his defense by attacking on the nature of human being He says that human beings are selfish and destroy the forest for their own pleasure by forgetting the fact that the pleasure doesn't last long We have to die one day. With our death our pleasure also dies. Therefore, he indirectly pleads for nature conservation. The massive destruction of the tree is not in human behalf


 

8. Describe the poem "The Poplar Field". Write what the poet wants to show through it.

 

2071 Supp.Q.No.4b

 

The Poplar Field, by William Cowper, is a poem remarkable for its celebration of the rural area. The poem is all about deforestation and destruction of the poplar fields in the bank of the Ouse River in England That shows that human activities are responsible for the destruction of natural resources. To show this, the poet gives the image of deforested poplar tree. When the poet goes twelve years later in the field, he sees all the trees cut down There is neither shade nor the whispering sound of the trees. The wind and the rusting song of the leaves are distant things of past. Twelve years have passed since he took a look of his favorite field. Now the trees are lying in the grass, providing seats to the people around. One can no more hear the song of the blackbird in the particular place for it has flown to another shelter. The poet is struck with grief because of it and feels that he will be dead soon before another grove will appear in the old place. The reference to his death in the near future vindicates the adverse effect of deforestation on him. Moreover, it seems to suggest that it does not take as much time for deforestation. In the last stanza; he strikes the philosophical note by declaring that life is short but the pleasures of man are shorter than life. It makes the readers feel that the pleasures given by nature are unparalleled and unfortunately man himself is responsible for the destruction of these unforgetful pleasures.

 

This poem moralizes that the nature must be conserved It teaches how the conservation brings oy through the melody of birds shade and cool wind On the contrary, the destruction of nature deprives the man of all the pleasures for decades. There can be neither pleasant wind nor shade nor the melodious song of the birds within his reach. In the absence of nature around, the lovers of nature will be low-spirited and wish themselves dead instead of living in a polluted atmosphere Such an atmosphere and peace will not be suitable for such living things that find peace and tranquility in the lap of nature. Moreover, the poem teaches about the link between the deforestation and life. In other words, the destruction of nature implies the destruction of pleasures of man. ultimately leading towards the destruction of mankind.

 

 

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