Do you agree with the poet in Henry Cuyler Bunner’s “Heart of the Tree” that a nation’s growth depends upon the wealth of trees? Why or why not?
The statement that “a nation’s growth depends upon the wealth of trees”, when taken literally, is a misunderstanding of what the poet actually means to say in the poem. This is what the lines say —
A nation’s growth from sea to sea
Stirs in his heart who plants a tree.
The poet intends to say that a tree planter has a helpful attitude and a progressive mind. He is the one who inspires others to be helpful as well. Plantation is thus a symbolic act of goodness that inspires many other such acts. And this is how the tree planter, and plantation as a whole, hold the key to a nation’s growth. So, of course, I agree with the statement when viewed with its symbolic interpretation.
This is already explained in more detail in the following links:
In what way a nation’s growth depends upon plating trees?
Explain: Who in the hollow of His hand/ Holds all the growth of all our land.