Q. How does Lawrence contrast winter and spring in his essay “Whistling of Birds”?
Ans. In his essay “Whistling of Birds”, Lawrence describes the destruction that winter brings to the birds and then the new life that comes with spring. In severe writer when frost covers the ‘earth, birds begin to die. Their torn partly-eaten bloody bodies lay scattered in fields and under hedges. The sweet silvery whistling of the birds is heard nowhere. There is death and frost and silence. The earth is dead and the music makers of nature are either dead or silent.
Then one day, the frost begins to turn soft and melt. The winter is on the run. The doves, the thrushes and all the other birds who have survived the deadly winter know it. They begin to coo and whistle. At first their song is faint and feeble and broken. But gradually it becomes strong and sure and triumphant. One is rather shocked at the first whistling of birds. How could they begin In sing when the torn bloody bodies of dead birds can be seen everywhere. But they have no choice as we have no choice. The spring has come and they have to welcome it, and rejoice in the new life that has taken hold of them.