What does the line “he plants,in sap and leaf and wood” mean?

QuestionsWhat does the line “he plants,in sap and leaf and wood” mean?
hana asked 2 years ago

What does the poet mean by “In sap and leaf and wood” in the poem “The Heart of the Tree” by Henry Cuyler Bunner?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 2 years ago

Here “sap and leaf and wood” refers to every cell of a tree. The poet wants to say that the tree planter’s loyalty and love for this big worldly home, his far-reached thought of civic good and his blessings on his neighbourhood are felt or reflected in the sap and leaf and wood of the tree — in every cell of the tree which he plants.

He plants in sap and leaf and wood,
In love of home and loyalty
And far-cast thought of civic good—
His blessings on the neighbourhood,


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