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Kaleidoscope Class 12 Chapter 5 Trees Summary: Emily Dickinson was a famous poetess of English literature. She is renowned for unconventional capitalisation and frequent use of dashes in his poetry and has composed it in lyric style. 

She has described the trees as representatives of the miniature creatures including commoners (i.e. common people engaged with blue-collar jobs). 

On the one hand, she has taken summer for description, but on the other hand; she explains it as summer in the lives of commoners. 

She states that no doubt, the sun or truth is with them but enfolded or wrapped frequently by the clouds. 

It is because commoners live in a state of tyranny and despotism wherein their acts and they themselves are destined to live neglected. 

According to the poet, it is the estates of clouds that have allured the sun to live inside that estate throughout the day.

Ncert Kaleidoscope Class 12 Chapter 5 Trees Summary & Question Answers Easy PDF

Chapter TypePoem
Chapter NameTrees
AuthorEmily Dickinson (1830-1886)
SubjectEnglish Elective  (Kaleidoscope)
Medium English
Study MaterialsVery important question to answer

Trees Summary

An introverted poetess Emily Dickinson refers to trees. It’s nature of trees that their boughs dash at each other and do a motion to and fro with the gusts of strong wind. She takes this motion and a song from miniature creatures. 

That song is enamouring in the ear, but the gigantic or elite creatures do not satisfy and have no tongue to applaud them. The dark shadow of trees has been presumed as the cloud. gif maker 2023 05 22T105650.743

As the boughs move to and fro frequently with the gust of summer wind, the frequency of sunshine on miniature creatures grown under the trees is varied. 

Sometimes, the boughs allow the sun to shine on the ground with a full flash of beams other time, half and then leave it completely in the darkness he says that shadow or ignorance prevails in the sunlight. 

It’s the estate of the cloud (ignorance) that commands the sun. Whenever it deems fit to call out, it calls and at its will, checks its entry whenever it so deems fit for the growth of orchards. 

Thus, she says it is an orchard of ignorance grown in the absence of sunshine.

She says, there is chaos everywhere. Birds have left their nest in the trees and sitting carelessly on the fence or accompanying them in street gossip. 

The snake has left winding around a stone and replaced it with silver matter. She described common events of nature as cruel some owing to ambiguity. 

She refers to mob protest with the use of adjectival nouns i.e. Hundred Flags. She says that the calyx bears perfume only at its border and not inside i.e. a tricky/ astute mentality of the affluent class of society. 

According to her, the people intoxicated on passions can see only the external form of the summer or read on books. 

They will never like her specific discription on summers. She refers it “How mean- to those”.

Trees Summary In hindi

एक मननशील कवयित्री एमिली डिकिन्सन यहाँ वृक्षों की चर्चा करती है । वृक्षों का स्वभाव है कि उनकी शाखाएँ एक-दूसरे से टकराती है और प्रबल वायु के झोंकों के साथ इधर-उ झूलती है। यह इस गति को छोटे जीवों के संगीत के रूप में लेती हैं। 

यह गीत कानों को प्रिय लग रहा है, किन्तु विशालकाय या बड़े-जीवों (मनुष्यों) के पास उनकी प्रशंसा के लिए भाषा नहीं है और वे संतुष्ट नहीं होते हैं । वृक्षों की काली छाया की कल्पना बादल के रूप में से गयी है। 

जब ग्रीष्म की हवा के झोंको के साथ शाखाएं इधर-उधर झूलती है, तब वृक्ष के नीचे पलने वाले छोटे जीवों पर सूर्य की चमक की तीव्रता बदल जाती है। कभी-कभी शाखाएं सूर्य 1 को प्रकाशपुंज की पूरी चमक के साथ जमीन पर चमकने (आने की अनुमति देती हैं और कभी आपा और कभी पूरी तरह उसे ढँक लेती है। 

वह कहती है कि छाया या अज्ञानता धूप पर हावी रहती है। यह बादलों की स्थिति (अज्ञानता) है जो सूर्य पर शासन करता है। जब चाहता है अपनी इच्छानुसार उसे बुलाता (बाहर निकालता) है, उसके प्रवेश को रोकता है जब कभी वह सोचता है कि बागों के विकास के लिए बहुत उपयुक्त है। इस प्रकार वह कवयित्री) की है कि धूप की अनुपस्थिति में पनपा हुआ यह अज्ञानता का बाग है। 

वह कहती है कि हर जगह उथल-पुथल है। पक्षियों ने पेड़ों पर के पोंसले छोड़ दिये हैं और लापरवाह होकर बाड़ी ( पर बैठते है या उन्हें सड़क छाप बातों में साथ देते हैं। साँप ने पत्थर के चारों ओर कुंडली 1 मारना छोड़ दिया है और उसको किसी चमकीले पदार्थ में बदल लिया है। 

वह प्रकृति की सामान्य घटनाओं का अज्ञानता अन्य निर्दयता के रूप में वर्णन करती है । वह जन विरोध की चर्चा विशेषणयुक्त संज्ञा यानि सी पताकाएं के रूप में करती है, वह कहती है कि पुटचक्र (कली का बाहरी आवरण) के किनारे गंघ रहती है न कि भीतर यानि समाज के समृद्ध वर्ग की पूर्त मनोवृत्ति । 

कवयित्री के अनुसार, लोग उत्तेजना के नशे में ग्रीष्म के केवल बाहरी रूप को देख सकते हैं या किताबों में पढ़ सकते हैं । ग्रीष्म पर उसका विशेष वर्णन वे कभी पसंद नहीं करेंगे। वह उनलोगों को “कितना नीचा” कहकर इंगित करती है यानि बहुत नीचा । 

Trees Summary: Word meanings

Miniature Creature= लघु प्राणी, Psalteries = स्रोत/भजन संहिता, Enamoring = मोहित करना, remotest = सर्वाधिक अप्रिय, Interval = अवकाश, मध्यान्तर, Enfold = आवृत्त करना, ढँक लेना, Ete nally = टिकाऊ, शाश्वत, 

Gossip = फिजूल बातें करना, Hundred [flags] द्वैध] [र्जन, आंतरिक रोष का युक्तिपूर्ण शांत प्रदर्शन, Spices in the Hem = आडंबर युक्त स्वल्प गुण, Slit = चीरना, फाड़ना, 

Calyx = बाह्यदलपुंज, फूल को भा-पंखुड़ी, Mean नगण्य, तुच्छ, Delineation प्रस्तुतीकरण, चित्रण, Tasseils = टहनियों के गुच्छे ।

Geography भूगोल
Political science राजनीति विज्ञान
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Trees Summary: stanza comprehension


Read the given stanza carefully and answer the questions that follow:

The Trees like Tassels hit-and-swung-

There seemed to rise a Tune From Miniature Creatures

Accompanying the Sun-

Far Psalteries of Summer Enamoring the Ear

They never yer did saristy

Remotest when most fair


(i) How is the time rising?

(ii) Who are miniature creatures with the sun?

(i) Which are the psalteries of summer? 

(iv) Who are they “here” 7

(V) Why did they not satisfy the miniature creatures? 

(vi) Which things enamoured the car?


(i) It is rising due to the sudden collision of boughs with each other in strong wind. It is a collision of interest among elites or socialites, 

(ii) These are in perception, the insects, birds, bacteria etc, while the government and the commoners in their implied meaning. 

(iii) Here is sarcasm because music or psalm has no place during summer. Its scorching heat, loo and numerous ailments do not provide the people so pleasure as they would appreciate the sun through music and psalms. Poetess says that it is summer yet not felt so by the miniature creatures.

(iv) These are elites or socialities i.e. the group of a few affluent people who have no honour or compassion for the tune of miniature creatures. These are trees here.

(v) It is because the dense shadow had barred their proper development. It was the unnatural condition of living. Outwardly, the shelter of this type was good for them because they were getting proper maintenance and defence but their uno is artificial or flattery-like, which refers to summer as a pleasant season. It is enamoring the car while at the root, this tune is that of annoyance.

(vi) Things like melodious sounds, speech, good news, thrilling music etc, are enamoured to the car.


Read the given stanza carefully and answer the questions that follow: 

The Sun shone whole at intervals

Then Half- then atter hid As if Himself were optional

And had Estates of Cloud

Sufficient to enfold Him

Eternally from view

Except it was a whim of His To let the Orchards grow


(i) Why does the sun play hide and seek?

(ii) What does the word “optimal” refer to here?

(iii) What does imply from the word “enfold” here?

(iv) What are intervals?

(v) What was the estate of the cloud?

(vi) Which are orchards?


(i) It’s not the sun but the dense clump of trees the group of socialites who conceal the reality in order to keep commoners unaware of their designs. 

(ii) It refers to dereliction of duty and selfish attitude which is found in modern bureaucracy and representation of the public. It reveals a slothful and dull attitude. 

(iii) It’s a hiding and concealing effort. Conceit and deceit are the results of such enfolding.

(iv) Intervals are generally accepted in movies, schools, offices etc. where any preplanned project is dealt with by students and teachers, employees and employers etc. 

(v) Actually, it was not the estate of clouds but the dense shadow of trees that create a mirage of being it a cloud estate. It’s an unnatural or artificial environment that is generally created by socialites alias trees here.

(vi) Orchards are the clump of trees of the groups of elites or administrators, i.e. the entire system of governance. The bureaucrats, representatives, affluents, business tycoons and industrialists are that orchard.


Read the given stanza carefully and answer the questions that follow: 

A Bird sat carelessly on the fence One gossiped in the Lane

On silver matters charmed snake

Just winding around a Stone.


(i) Why is the bird careless? 

(ii) What does the gossip in the lane refer to?

(iii) What is a snake here? 

(iv) What does the word “stone” imply?


(i) It’s because all creatures have become arbitrary due to lapses at the level of governance. The natural habitat of a bird is in the forest and not on the fence but in the estate of clouds, she has forgotten her right place. 

(ii) It refers to rumours, hoaxes etc. generally, spread by miscreants in a state of lawlessness. This is done in order to evoke people’s sentiments and riots, massacres, and offensive, subversive activities are the end results.

(iii) “Snake” denotes the conspirators, astute shrouds. They construct a plot to cheat, deceive, and befool others.

(iv) The word stone implies the real place of snakes i.e. heartless or unkind. 


Read the given stanza carefully and answer the questions that follow

Bright Flowers slit a Calyx And soared upon a Stem

Like Hindered Flags – Sweet hoisted

With Spices-in the Hem How mean-to those that see

Twas more I cannot mention

Vandyke’s Delineation Of Nature’s Summer Day!


(i) What are bright flowers? 

(ii) What are spices?

(iii) What are hundred flags?

(iv) Why does the poetess say it is unimportant to those who read Nature’s Summer? 

(v) What is Vandyke’s delineation of summer? 

(vi) Why was this revelation more than usual?


(1) These are human passions and urges all pride in the state of lawlessness. Looting of ballot boxes, alluring voters, extorting money to raise questions in parliament, perjury, getting murder committed by hired miscreants, alluring students’ organisations/concerns to get subversive acts done by them etc. are the acts these bright flowers do. They pierce epi-calyx to come on the surface.

(ii) Spices are like baits to the fish in order to allure them to hook. These are consisting of money, promotion, assurances of employment etc. all illegal and illicit ways. These are at the border of the flag hoisted by the so-called bright flowers.

(iii) Hundred flags denotes misc-directed emotional outbursts that cause violence, bloodshed etc. subversive activities e.g. here it is piercing the calyx. 

(iv) It is unusual imagery in which the poetess has delineated summer in its abstract form i.e. corruption in bureaucracy and representation with its impact on commoner i.e. common people.

(v) It’s simple and common. Summer is hardly made a topic for a poem by any poets. It is because of scorching heat, 100 blowing, perspiration, sloths, and numerous ailments, being the components or ingredients of summer. It’s the real delineation of summer.

(vi) It was because the spread of corruption leaves no stone unmoved. Its virus entraps all authorities at the helm. The common people are the most sufferer in that state of lawlessness.

Class 12 trees summary question answer

Q.1. What imagery does the poet use to delineate summer’s day more picturesquely than any painter could?

Ans. Summer’s day-Imagery

(i) Storms are frequented during summer in which trees (tassel here) are uprooted and collide. [Tassels hit and swung]

(ii) The wind growls at its fastest motion (to rise a tune).

(iii) When these winds are at their fastest speed (velocity) these spread devastation viz. collapse of houses and other structures, cries of people killed in debris etc. (never satisfy remotest when most fair) 

(iv) Sun is covered by dust flying from the earth (the sun shone whole, then half, then utter hid).

Q.2. What do you understand by Psalteries of summer?

Ans. It is the sound of growling, clattering, screeching and cracking that generates due to winds blowing at high velocity. In the negative sense, it is repressive measures practised/exercised by the tyrannical king/emperor in which people are killed, wiped and exterminated mercilessly. 

Q.3. In which lines are creatures attributed with human qualities? How does this add to the beauty of the summer’s day? 

Ans. These lines are- 

(i) A Bird sits on the fence and gossips in the lane.

(ii) A snake is charmed by silver matter and winding around a stone.

(iii) Bright flowers slit a calyx.

(iv) Vandyke’s delineation.

Q.4. How would you explain the image of the “Hundred Flags”?

Ans Generally, flowers are folded within the flag before it is unfurled in special national festivals and functions as well. 

In the same imagery, the learned poetess tells that the virtues or vices as per positive or negative bent of disposition formed/acquired by adolescents during their infancy and teenage attain the stage of manifestation. 

It happens when the transition period is over. Bright flowers or adolescents who have duly met self-realisation, start revealing their qualities through noble deeds while the dull ones are involved in committing crimes and offences.

Q.5. Why are the pronouns referring to the sun capitalised? 

Ans. These pronouns are people of different hues and their manifestation of qualities is possible only when the sun viz. endower of light and heat (energy/ power) shines. 

It is because, in the absence of the sun, growth of any kind is impossible. All types of energies (kinetic, mechanical, thermal, tidal, geothermal etc.) are merely transformed features of the energy received through the sun, 

This is the reason, all pronouns refer to the sun capitalised here in the poem.

Q.6. Give examples from the poem to show that great poetry is a result of observation of natural phenomena.

Ans. The term “phenomena” refers to a fact or an event in nature or society especially one that is not fully understood or mysterious in itself. Poets are clairvoyant and only able to see and disclose these facts vested in natural events or in society. 

The poetess here is introverted and lives a hermetic life viz. she has made in-depth observations of natural phenomena both in plant and animal kingdoms (including human beings).

Trees accompanying the sun have been shown as the so-called socialite or elite class (including rulers/emperors) of the society who inflict atrocities in an overt and secret manner and victims to their atrocity/persecution either cry/ wail loudly or see the within. 


Q.1. What do you see in the application of “Trees like Tassels”? 

Ans. It’s an acute and “emotion-hitting” sarcasm applied by introvert and hermetic product, the poetess Emily Dickinson.

Q.2. Imagine why Tassels” not “bar” preceding “hit”? 

Ans. Here we see the estrogenic characteristics of a poetess in her persona as the term “tassels” imply a device for interior decoration at motor nerves an attractive bunch of fabrics of varied colours made. 

The same effects we see when she says “trees” in place of “so-called elites and socialites” of society or the personalities at the helm of affairs i.e. governing system, democracy or any kind of arrangement. 

“Hit” implies the exploitation of so-called rabble, in tone and under tactics of so-called elites or socialites.

Q.3. Who are miniature creatures?

Ans. Miniature creatures are the masses. The term “sun” denotes “administration” or manifestation of an ideal network palpitating prudent application “not literal” but dyed in “equity and justice” not seen in it “Psuedoscope”. The scene here, however, is that of a pseudoscope.

Q. 4. “Far psalteries of summer” enamouring the ear reveals “sloth authorities” How?

Ans. It’s an emotional contemplation of the poetess that touches the water of her perseverance in approach and comes to the public through the poem. It is that rabbles have been made habitual by bureaucracy and representation i.e. 

executives to live in luxury- fluctuate up and down and then be victims like children in the case of Nithari Village in the vicinity or as an electron to Delhi atom when we assume the capital city of India like an impulse of the territorial nucleus.

It’s a shadow that pollutes the mind and emotional essence or in other words, resplendence if the adolescents feel an environment under their parents, leading them to euphoria. 

It keeps them away from the smelter of the real world in which sooner or later, they would have to come and thus, their experience under pseudo shelter, becomes the strong cause for their suffering. 

Q.5. Who did not satisfy remotest when most fair? 

Ans. Resolution turns into luxury-It is misdirected because it should make the person active, smart, industrious, tolerant, suave and just. 

It takes the form of hunger, day-to-day increasing as persons living under shadow lose doing assessment or review of themselves. 

The poetess conveys a message that whatever the charms obtained under the shadow, they lead gradually to gross ignorance and emotional outburst in the form of murder, threat, rape, kidnap etc. heinous crimes. 

It happens because passions are negative transformations of cognition in which intellectual and emotional aspects of human health are drained, abused and just locked in a box. 

This state gives seethe and emotional outbursts from time to time like Tsunamis, tornados and earthquakes is the results.

Alight is right reverberates within, like trumpet and crimes, nothing else is committed in that sheer hallucination, i.e. it is all psychosis. In brief; the micro-organisms under the shadow, live a dream-like life wherein reel not real-impulses and actions are grown. They live and die in ignorance.


Q. 1. Discuss how beautifully has the poetess described the cryptic scenario of “administration” and its carrier (bureaucrats) weeping in loops of representatives in a coalition government in the name of democracy. 

Ans. The poetess has imagined a situation in which not organisms and plants grow under the shade of evergreen trees in the densest forest but commoners i.e. public in common live an average life. 

They are habitual of watching the tree boughs at the apex that allow sunlight to reach at them only when their cynicism so desires. 

Trees are so imagined by poetess, therefore, having their strong grip on sunlight. Here, she impliedly says that administration understood by its carriers (i.e. bureaucrats), during their perseverance or penance, for so long years proves in reality, a song by a bard who is habitual or made habitual to see light in the realm of ignorance. 

Coalition due to duality at the emotional level which is found in authorities, is very ridiculous-says the

poetess. It’s really clairvoyance of poetess that can see rabble or the shadow growing plants and organisms otherwise, in every age; the people of the third world live without complaint anyway and it is only the last stage when these commoners, exhibit their emotional outbursts in the form of one or other proportionately petty or gracious crimes.

Conclusion-In her clairvoyance, the poetess has disclosed the condition of undergrowth is the forest in the device but at the same time, she has blown an acute axe on bureaucracy imprisoned by executives who represent the rabble or commoners.

Q.2. How does the poetess describe the responses of some sensible and some others rude in the state of chaos that generally develops in a system? Discuss.

Ans. The poetess has very aptly nominated the two specific organisms i.e. a bird and a snake from the same realm i.e. the densest forest or democracy. 

As birds are directly in touch with real implications of the term “administration” i.c. sun unbiased; they silently fly to another place i.e. fence and sit there without fatigue and stress in their minds. 

This they do because their clairvoyance is able to guess the dire results or consequences of such lawlessness. The other species or reptile, i.e. a snake symbolises habitual to the realm of shadow but powerful more than the other organisms in the forest. 

It abandons its realm (i.e. forest) under the influence of passion for coiling around the silver bar in place of a stone, Actions of a bird and a snake are, therefore, all apparent here. 

The former gradually befriends the family living in concerned buildings away from the forest and enjoys the opportunity of learning the language of the people they see in the realm other than the forest however, the snake is killed when it coils around the silver matters. 

It’s the phenomenon of emotional prosperity and at the same time its poverty, It’s because of the snake’s direct acquaintance with the rabble habitual to live in a realm where sunlight is imprisoned or enslaved.

The condition and response of the plant’s kingdom has also elegantly been referred to hereby the learned introvert poetess. 

In order to blossom, the bright flowers of a few enlightened and educated rabble have to seethe till its clay burst all of a sudden i.e, with, a particular industry but in that case also, their virtues (perfume or spices) scatter from the pitch and gathers at the border hem. 

It means in spite of being not in a position to migrate somewhere else like a bird, they make “heaven of hell” like Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Tuit perseverance makes them happy within themselves.

Conclusion-Emotion of a poetess in pathetic fallacy, simile, alliteration personification, allegory, metonymy, all figurative and pattern of sound with apt use of clairvoyance is praiseworthy in this sarcasm of the democracy alias mobocracy and presentation of varied responses of human conscience and crooks at the same and every situation is excelling in itself.

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