Read Li-Young Lee`s “From Blossoms,” where the speaker focuses on peaches from a flowering tree. The poet uses this juicy fishery as an intelligent metaphor for what we love: it is difficult to write about trees today without thinking about deforestation, climate change and fossil fuels. Many of the products we use every day are made from trees or cause the felling of trees. A recent supermarket announcement in Britain showed the destruction of forests and orangutan habitats caused by palm oil production. It is estimated that more than half of the products sold in supermarkets contain palm oil and that dozens of orangutans (and other creatures) die every day as a direct result. Can the answer to the first invitation be a prose of writing or does it necessarily have to be a poem? It`s time for your first writing request! Read Don Paterson`s poem “Two Trees “. The poem tells the story of Don Miguel and his orange-lemon. Oddly enough, it ends with the tree symbolizing everything: “There were trees, and the trees don`t cry, blow or scream. / And trees are all there is to do in this poem.
Paterson suggests that we should not read anything in history… But by telling us what trees don`t do, the reader is forced to think about it. Paterson mixes men and trees: he uses the language of trees to describe Don Miguel (an idea is `rooted` in his head) and the human language for the tree (the branches are called `Limbs`). Even if he says one thing, Paterson suggests otherwise. They can be inspired by the beauty and mysticism of tree words. Read Howard Nemerov`s poem “Learning the Trees,” in which he pays tribute to “The Language of Trees.” The spokesperson`s tenderness is felt in their lists: “Samara, capsule, drupe, legumes and pome”. But although he learned the language of the trees, the speaker ended the poem with the feeling that “their total silence remains the same.” You can use your list of tree words to think about this idea. We all need trees. They are indispensable to humans and wildlife and are deeply rooted in our history and culture. The Woodland Trust defends trees everywhere as the largest charity for Denwald in the UK. It owns and cares for more than 1,000 publicly accessible forests, protects endangered old-world forests and plants millions of native trees each year.
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