Toru's prior recollection is symbolically represented by the tree. It appears to represent the rich history of Indian culture and philosophy, which had a significant part in moulding the poets' lyrical and aesthetic sensibilities.
The tree is an important element in the poetry of many languages, including English, French, German, Greek, Latin, Malay, Persian, Portuguese, Sanskrit, and Turkish. It usually represents friendship or love but can also denote other things such as immortality, eternity, purity, innocence, beauty, sorrow, grief, loneliness, disappointment, hope, joy, pleasure, desire, temptation, insanity, creativity, spirituality, and faith.
In English literature, it is believed that William Shakespeare used the casuarinas when writing about tragic love. They are present on some of the most famous paintings of all time, for example, Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night". The painting is based on a star-filled night in the Netherlands in 1890. Also, John Keats wrote a poem called "Ode to a Grecian Urn" while sitting under a casuarina tree near his home in England. This urn was once buried in the ground with a young man who had died fighting for his country. The ode is considered one of the most beautiful poems in the English language.
Toru Dutt's "Our Casuarina Tree" commemorates her wonderful upbringing in India with her cherished siblings. The tree is employed as a metaphor for the poet's historical recollections as well as the rich history of Indian culture and philosophy, which is a recurring theme in Dutt's poetry.
In addition to being important to Dutt personally, the casuarina tree also symbolizes India because it is native to this country. It is found in all parts of India except the desert regions and has been used for many purposes by the Indians including fuel, furniture, and food (its wood is edible). The tree was chosen by Dutt as a symbolic representation of her heritage and loved ones.
Casuarinas are notable for their large, fan-shaped leaves that spread out from a central stem. These trees grow in tropical climates around the world including India. When they bloom, the casuarina produces round white flowers that smell like honey. Casuarina nectar is popular among bees because it doesn't have any alcohol in it which makes it easy to fly into while still being safe to eat by humans.
According to Dutt, the casuarina tree has two ways of helping people remember their past and present: its flowers bloom in spring when memories are revived and its fruit falls in autumn when memories are recorded.
The tree is represented as an ancient emblem of knowledge, authority, and custom in many African myths and folklore, establishing a link between the dead and the living (Studstill 1970). Similarly, Gorog-Karady (1970) explains that the tree frequently represents a mediator and judge in other legends. The baobab tree was especially important in early 20th century Africa because it could be found in most villages.
In African mythology, the baobab is a very old tree with huge roots which spreads its branches near the ground where they support a large number of small yellow fruits. When monkeys eat these fruits, they produce more fruit than can be eaten so they throw some away to see what will grow from them. If the discarded seeds fall on dry land, they will germinate and grow into new trees, while if they drop into water, they will grow into more monkeys.
This explanation comes from the story of "The Monkey and the Baboon," told by Maasai people of Kenya. It says that a monkey dropped a seed into a pool of water and went away. When he returned, there were now baboons eating the fruits off the tree. He asked them why they weren't afraid of getting zapped by the lightning when it rained, but they said it didn't happen all the time. So, he learned that if you don't look after your tree, someone else will do it for you.