Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Throwing a Tree

Throwing a Tree

New Forest

THE two executioners stalk along over the knolls,
Bearing two axes with heavy heads shining and wide,
And a long limp two-handled saw toothed for cutting great boles,
And so they approach the proud tree that bears the death-mark on its
side.

Jackets doffed they swing axes and chop away just above ground,
And the chips fly about and lie white on the moss and fallen
leaves;
Till a broad deep gash in the bark is hewn all the way round,
And one of them tries to hook upwards a rope, which at last he achieves.

The saw then begins, till the top of the tall giant shivers:
The shivers are seen to grow greater each cut than before:
They edge out the saw, tug the rope; but the tree only quivers,
And kneeling and sawing again, they step back to try pulling once
more.

Then, lastly, the living mast sways, further sways: with a shout
Job and Ike rush aside. Reached the end of its long staying powers
The tree crashes downward: it shakes all its neighbours through­
out,
And two hundred years’ steady growth has been ended in less than two
hours.
—Thomas Hardy



In “Throwing a Tree,” the poet uses personification, a literary device that uses human qualities to describe an object. Give at least two examples of personification used in the poem. Explain why each is an example of personification. Support your answer with important details from
the poem.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

1) In “Throwing a Tree,” the poet uses personification, a literary.

2)the saw then begins till the giant
the giant shivers.

keith said...

In “Throwing a Tree,” the poet uses personification, a literary device that uses human qualities to describe an object. Give at least two examples of personification used in the poem. Explain why each is an example of personification. Support your answer with important details from
the poem.
I think that one is the two executioners stalk along over he knolls bearing two axes. I think that 2 is the saw them begins till the top of the tall giant shivers.
Then, lastly, the living mast sways, further sways: with a shout
Job and Ike rush aside. Also I think one more is
Jackets doffed they swing axes and chop away just above ground,
And the chips fly about and lie white on the moss and fallen
leaves;
Till a broad deep gash in the bark is hewn all the way round,
And one of them tries to hook upwards a rope, which at last he achieves.

Manley said...

In this poem the author uses personification, one use of personification is in line18th and 19th. It says, “The saw then begins, till the top of the tall giant shivers”. This is personification because the tall giant is the tree and as the saw chops it down it is scared and begins to shiver and trees don’t shiver because they are stuck to the ground and can’t move that’s why it’s personification. There is another personification in this poem, in lines 6, 7, and 8. It says, “And so they approach the proud tree that bears the death-mark on its side. This is personification because a tree in real life doesn’t know where its death mark is and this poem it’s saying that it’s just sitting there scared that it’s going to die. One more use of personification that I found in lines 31, 32, and 33. It says, “ The tree crashes down ward: it shakes all it’s neighbors throughout”. This is personification because when you chop down a tree it is not huge enough to shake every tree that is near it and trees are rooted to the ground which means they can’t move.

Craig said...

I know that the writer is using personification by when he says “the edge out the saw, tug the rope”. A saw can’t tug a rope a saw does not have arms that’s one example of personification. The other example is when he says “the tree quivers” a tree can’t quiver a tree has no felling at all. That’s the last personification that I see.



By Craig Wilder

Anonymous said...

What in this poem show me that the poet is using personification? Chips fly about and lie white on the moss and fallen Leaves. They edge out the saw, tug the rope but the tree only quivers. I know that the poet was using personification in these two examples because a chip doesn’t fly and the edge of the saw doesn’t tug ropes humans tug ropes and cut down trees. When the poet says the tree quiver the telling the reader that the tree is scared of the saw, the tree can’t quiver because it’s afraid of the saw because trees don’t quiver humans quiver.
Thank you,
Ajaijua curry

Anonymous said...

In what I read I noticed there was some personification. An example is that It said “The tree crashes downward: it shakes all its neighbors through–Out,” and I thought that the trees can’t crash. Another example is that chip can’t fly, and in this poem it said “And the chips fly about and lie white on the moss and fallen leaves”. Also in this poem it makes non-living things do what living things do.

MITRI WORK 4 3 2 1 said...

In “Throwing a Tree,” the poet uses personification, a literary device that uses human qualities to describe an object. Give at least two examples of personification used in the poem. Explain why each is an example of personification. Support your answer with important details from the poem.

Then, lastly, the living mast sways, further sways: with a shout
Job and Ike rush aside. It reached the end of its long staying powers
The tree crashes downward: it shakes all its neighbors through–
Out, and two hundred years’ steady growth has been ended in less than two hours.

This part of the poem I got is personally to me. I like this part because it describes more about trees and the I know it about trees because it said. It reached the end of its long staying powers
The tree crashes downward: this part tells me that it about a tree. The poem is about trees. I like trees they are tall and help us live a breath. The personification in this passage is that they used is steady growth has been ended in less than two hours. That is one of them I think this is personification because it the words to me. It reached the end of its long staying powers this is another one because it sounds like one because how it sounds and looks like it.

Jackets doffed they swing axes and chop away just above ground,
And the chips fly about and lie white on the moss and fallen
Leaves; till a broad deep gash in the bark is he all the way round,
And one of them tries to hook upwards a rope, which at last he achieves. There I think is another personification in this it said Jackets doffed they swing axes and chop away just above ground
Because it is sounds like a personification

Anonymous said...

What in this poem show me that the poet is using personification? Chips fly about and lie white on the moss and fallen Leaves. They edge out the saw, tug the rope but the tree only quivers. I know that the poet was using personification in these two examples because a chip doesn’t fly and the edge of the saw doesn’t tug ropes humans tug ropes and cut down trees. When the poet says the tree quiver the poet is telling the reader that the tree is scared of the saw, the tree can’t quiver because it’s afraid of the saw because trees don’t quiver humans quiver.
Thank you,
Ajaijua curry

Aliyah the brave said...

He uses personification by saying when the green shivers seen to grow greater each cut than before. so that’s personification because he is talking about the leaves that they have been shivering and growing and that the are about to cut it down . That is the only reason why it is shivering and that is also personification. Also another personification is how trees cannot shiver so that is also another thing.

Avianna said...

Personification is when a writer takes some thing nonliving and makes so it sounds like it a living thing. For example like if a writer says a flower started laughing. Can a flower really laugh? So that’s what personification is but there are some examples from the poem throwing a Tree.

Example #1: They edge out the saw, tug and rope; but the tree only quivers.

A tree cant quiver because quiver means to shake and tremble and I tree cant shake or tremble because that tree is two hundred years old the tree is to big to shake.

Example #2: The saw then begins, till the top of the tall giant shivers:

A tree can’t shiver because a tree cant get cold there for a tree cant get shiver.

Kishawra B. pearson said...

Give at least two examples of personification used in the poem. Explain why each is an example of personification. Support your answer with important details from
the poem.

1. "The saw then begins, till the top of the tall giant shivers"
I think that is personification because shivering is a human instinct and not something a tree can do.a gust of wind is one thing but a tree to shiver is a fairy tale.


2."They edge out the saw, tug the rope; but only the tree quivers. I feel that is personification because quiver means: a slight trembling movement or sound, esp. one caused by a sudden strong emotion. From my Experience trees have no emotion.

Danielle said...

In “Throwing a Tree,” the poet uses personification, a literary device that uses human qualities to describe an object. Give at least two examples of personification used in the poem. Explain why each is an example of personification. Support your answer with important details from
the poem.


Here are two examples of personification in the poem.

Pesonification1:
The chips fly about and lie white on the moss and fallen
leaves.

I know this is personification because chips don’t have wings so they cant fly.

Personification2:
The saw then begins, till the top of the tall giant shivers:

This is personification because a saw can’t work with out a human been holding it. So trees can’t shiver.

Marcus Taylor said...

I think one personification is they approached the proud tree.I think this line is a personification because the poem is talking about a happy tree and that cannot be true. Trees doesn't have a mouth to smile. I think the second personification is they edge out the saw, tug the rope; but the tree only quivers. I think this line is a personification because it talks about a tree only quivers. Quivers mens to shake. A tree can't shake or vibrate by it self. Trees only shake or vibrate when the wind blows.

korlu said...

one personification that was in the poem was when he said the chips fly . that is a personification because stick chips don't fly.

Anonymous said...

Jose Franco

One of them is that he tell how the tree have a death make on the side. that where they cut the tree from to make it fall. Because that where they really cut in real life on the side of the tree.

Two, they tell who the axes it stuck on the tree like a kneel. Their swing and pull to get the axes out of the tree they cut.

Treyvon Rogers said...

1.Thomas hardy gives the jacket the ability to hold axes and chips the ability to fly. 2.Then he gave the saw the ability to saw a tree without a human use.

The are examples of personification because a jacket can only move if a human is in the jacket moving their arms. The saw needs a human to move it back and forth in order for the saw to really move.

Anonymous said...

This is one personification, And the chips fly about and lie white on the moss and fallen leaves; this is one because chips from the tree of the bark can’t fly from the ground.
This is the secound persoifcation Bearing two axes with heavy heads shining and wide,
And a long limp two-handled saw toothed for cutting great boles,
And so they approach the proud tree that bears the death-mark on its
side.



Eliani

Shaquan Murray said...

1)Something that i do is walk talk a
non object can't like paper a book bag that can't talk like humans can.

2)The second example is when the second line in the first paragraph was real because the "two axes with heavy heads shining in the light".

The fact that the poem said the rope only quivers through the rope.There a lot of litery elements.

Anonymous said...

The poet is giving the trees their own lifeggg. The trees are shivering. “The saw then begins till the top of the tall giant shiver. The shiver is seen to grow to greater each cut than before’’. The poet is giving trees power. Reach then end of staying power’’. He is trying to give the saw a life because it said that they have teeth and saw have blades. That’s is important because you have to be able to indemnify the things in side the story

Anonymous said...

Jimmy Nguyen

The sentence Bearing two axes with heavy heads shining and wide was personification because he said the axes have heads. And in the sentence And two hundred years' steady growth has been ended in less than two hours that was personification because it says the tree lives for 200 years but it dead less than two hours.

Anonymous said...

Jose Franco

One of them is that they say the tree have a death mark on the side that where they cut, because in real life that have to put a mark to where their going to cut. So they can put a death mark on the side because it’s like your make where you’re about to kill the tree/cut it down. It’s where they put where they’re going to cut the it down.

Two, they say the chips of the tree fly off and lie on the white moss and falling leaves. So it’s say its fly so that like a plan or bird
And if it fall its lie down on the ground.

Nadalia Rowe said...

“The saw then begins, till the to of the tall giant shivers”
On stanza 11, I found personification because trees cannot shiver. That is when the author refers to the tree as shivering because only people can shiver or animals not trees.
“Reached the end of its long staying powers”
On stanza 16, I found personification because it had human qualities that describe objects. Trees do not have powers.

Ricardo said...

You can find personification in the third and fourth paragraphs of the poem.

(1)The third paragraph says the giant has "greater shivers as it gets more cuts" so they are comparing a tree to a giant.

(2)The fourth paragraph says "the tree nocks down all of its neghbors" so it nocks down all the other trees.

Jariel Soto said...

Jariel Soto



In “Throwing a Tree The third paragraph says:
“The saw then begins, till the top of the tall giant shivers:
The shivers are seen to grow greater each cut than before:
They edge out the saw, tug the rope; but the tree only quivers,
And kneeling and sawing again, they step back to try pulling once more” I think that means instead of pulling on a ROPE, I think they are trying to pull on a Goal or a Dream” because it seems as if they really want to cut the tree, but instead of breaking Nature, they probably let go anger or probably let go of an addiction. The tree was very old and it was chopped down in less then 3 hours. The personification is that two people are trying to cut down a loving old TREE. I wonder why? The third paragraph says “it quivers” it couldn’t quiver because a TREE couldn’t move unless if it was an earthquake or an thunder storm. In the last paragraph it says the tree was 200 years old. A tree could be over 1,000 years old and the people cut them down AXES. That is personification because it gives evidence of how they are going to cut down the tree. The older the tree is, the weaker the root is.

JaToya Brown said...

JaToya Brown

The two examples of personification is when it says, “The saw begins till the top of the tall giant shivers” I think it’s one of the personification because I think it’s saying that a tall tree is tall and cold and a tree could not be cold.

My second reason is when it says “ two hundred years steady growth has been ended in less than hours” I think it’s a personification because trees could be two hundred years old in human like also could stand very still

Anonymous said...

Elina Caban

One example of personification is chips fly but the chips can’t fly because it has no wings.
The saw then begins, till the top of the tall giant shivers
The giant is the tree and the tops of the leaves are shivering
Blowing he giant shivers I thinks this because when the wind is blowing and the trees are shivering blowing to side to side. If you look at a tree and it and its very bigger then you.

Anonymous said...

Shanara Mosley

One example of personification said in the poem was when the author said the stick flew away when sticks cant fly. Unless they are being blown away and the poem doesn’t say anything about the sticks being blown away.

Another example of personification is when Thomas Hardy says that the tree quivers and a tree cant quiver without someone touching or tugging it and quiver means to shake with excitement and a tree cant shake with excitement

Branden said...

I think there was at of personification because they way they described stuff and personating is when you are talking about something and you are describing something like how they where talking about the saw and the shivers. I think there is personification because what I just said that is what it means. And in plus I seen the writing. And I have one more example like the two executioners stalk along over the knolls bearing to axes with heavy heads shining and wide.

Anonymous said...

Jose Franco

One of them is that they say the tree have a death mark on the side that where they cut, because in real life that have to put a mark to where their going to cut. So they can put a death mark on the side because it’s like your make where you’re about to kill the tree/cut it down. It’s where they put where they’re going to cut the it down.

Two, they say the chips of the tree fly off and lie on the white moss and falling leaves. So it’s say its fly so that like a plan or bird
And if it fall its lie down on the ground.

Anonymous said...

Shaliyah Keene

“Personification”

The two examples of personification are “the tree crashes downward it shakes all the neighbors though out.” I know that this personification because they are comparing a tree to shaking.” The other example personification is “And a long limp two-handle saw toothed for cutting great boles”. I know that is personification because they are comparing a saw to someone’s tooth. They are comparing a saw to someone’s tooth because they are both sharp.

melissa rodriguez said...

Melissa Rodriguez

In “ Throwing a Tree” Thomas Hardly used personification when it says
Ex
“They edge out the saw, tug the rope; but the tree only quivers,”

I know this is personification because it means that compare nature to human stuff and I know that a tree can not quiver cause I look up what quiver means and it means to shake and a tree can not shake only if you move it.

And two hundred years’ steady growth has been ended in less than two hours.

I know this is personification because the tree is 200 years old and the older the tree the weaker

mr.flores i think you are wrong

Anonymous said...

Ivana Vazquez

One place that the poet uses personification is in line 18-19, where it states “The saw then begins until the top of the tall giant shivers.” Which I think means that the executioners (Lumber Jacks) have taken out their chain saws and are chopping down the tree. But instead of falling right away, the great giant, who is the tree, shivers.

Anonymous said...

Marlin castillo
In the poem Throwing a Tree they
use personification in [The saw then begins, till the top of the tall giant shivers:
The shivers are seen to grow greater each cut than before:
They edge out the saw, tug the rope; but the tree only quivers,
And kneeling and sawing again, they step back to try pulling once
More.] Also. Then, lastly, the living mast sways, further sways: with a shout
Job and Ike rush aside. Reached the end of its long staying powers
The tree crashes downward: it shakes all its neighbours through–
Out,
And two hundred years’ steady growth has been ended in less than two
Hours. and if a tree is 200 years old it is just like a person they would be week if they are 200 years old.

Know-it-all said...

Hey everyone. You guys don't understand what a personification is! This is when an object is given a human quality. So "flying chips" would not count because humans cannot fly. And to you guys out there people are cutting down the tree so they are also "tugging" that rope.

These are some real examples.

proud tree-pride is a human quality

giant shivers-trees cannot shiver-humans do

end of its longs staying powers-the definition of "long staying powers" is the endurance to complete something undertaken-yet another human quality.

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