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Discuss the imagery and symbolism in the poem "Ecology".

Most stanzas contain sensory imagery from the poet. Trees, rain, home, flowers, and passing birds.

In the third stanza, the poet uses "organic imagery" to describe a character's thirst, pain, hunger, etc. The poet uses organic imagery to make the readers feel the "mother's pain" caused by the champak tree's flowering.

The 9th stanza's "olfactory imagery" invokes "sense of smell." The poet uses fragrance to describe the champak flower's "strong fragrance" that is impossible to resist. The 6th stanza uses "auditory image" to invoke "hearing." "Nightly visiting voices" & "bone creaking"

The poet used many symbols, such as "flowering trees" to represent "mothering." The flowering of a tree is like the birth of a child, which causes the mother immense pain, but she does not cut it down because she loves it so much and as if it were part of "her own self" like "the child's."

The tree symbolises "offering flowers to God" The tree gives her the flower she offers to the Gods, so her worship would be incomplete without it. Mother herself is a symbol. She represents lifelong sacrifices to family and nature.

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