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Trees and Other Poems

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Collection of poems from the American poet and literary critic whose works celebrated the natural world and his religious faith and who was killed at the Second Battle of Marne in 1918.
Paperback, 52 pages
Published May 4th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1914)
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Ken Moten
Nov 05, 2012 Ken Moten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-stuff
"I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
"

This poem in it's beautiful simplicity is very close to Emily Dickinson in style and innocence. The mystical ecology al
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Versha
Loved 'Trees' , 'To My Mother' and 'The House with Nobody in It' can read those poems thousand times but still wouldn't get enough of it!!

Andy

Joyce Kilmer is one of those poets who manage to move your heart while getting you to scramble to the nearest dictionary (or laptop) to look up the meaning of a couple of infuriatingly frustrating words.
Contrary to everyone else whose read his simply enchanting works "Trees" does not happen to be my favourite poem. "Main Street" does. I just felt it spoke out more to me. His love for the Main Street was so prominent, so lovely in his personification that I too wanted to visit it and see firstha
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Scott Whitney
Nov 04, 2015 Scott Whitney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strong poetry with a very religious basis. The poetry is fun to read, even more so when read aloud. I really liked Memorial Day, The Twelve-Forty-Five, and The House with Nobody in It. I found the book in our school library. It was printed in 1914 and found its way into the library in 1947. I am really glad this little gem was still available in print.
Terry
Jun 09, 2015 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun!!
Matriarchy
Jan 11, 2012 Matriarchy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, poetry
My edition is not listed. It is the 1914 hardcover with dust jacket. I got it from a used book bin, an found inside: An old newspaper clipping about the death of the NJ oak that inspired the "Trees" poem, an embroidered book mark about the Golden Rule, an old postcard thanking a Barnville man for his donation to Boy's Town. I love the stuff I find inside used books.
Lisa
Jul 30, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
I say currently reading because the only poem of his that I've had the pleasure of reading is 'Trees'. If you have a chance to look it up you should. It is a beautiful poem.
Rachael Bundy
May 13, 2013 Rachael Bundy rated it liked it
These poems were much more modern than I had expected, but none of them particularly "spoke" to me or stood out much. I have mixed feelings on this collection.
Mark Nenadov
Dec 15, 2012 Mark Nenadov rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I enjoyed these poems quite a bit. They're simple and beautiful.
Dawn
Mar 03, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
I only read the poem "Trees" and enjoyed every part of it
David
Jul 14, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A regrettably VERY short volume of beautiful poetry.
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Alfred Joyce Kilmer was an American journalist, poet, literary critic, lecturer, and editor. Though a prolific poet whose works celebrated the common beauty of the natural world as well as his religious faith, Kilmer is remembered most for a short poem entitled "Trees" (1913), which was published in the collection Trees and Other Poems in 1914. While most of his works are unknown, a select few of ...more
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“I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree. ”
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“I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.”
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