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Analysis and comments on Trees by Joyce Kilmer

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Comment 29 of 179, added on August 11th, 2005 at 1:23 PM.

I remember learning this poem in school when I was very young. It was such
a touching poem that I never forgot it. I remember reciting the lines from
this poem; it seemed to make everything alright and brought such a warmth
to my heart and tears to my eyes. We are the lucky ones to have such
beautiful creations, which God created for us to enjoy. I have been
thinking about this poem for a long time and I finally found it. Now I can
enjoy it and teach my children and grandchildren what love is.

Thank you,

Carolyn from United States
Comment 28 of 179, added on August 11th, 2005 at 1:23 PM.

I remember learning this poem in school when I was very young. It was such
a touching poem that I never forgot it. I remember saying the lines from
this poem;it seemed to make everything alright and brought a warmth to my
heart and tears to my eyes. We are the lucky ones to have such beautiful
trees to enjoy. I have been thinking about this poem and I finally found
it and will hang it in my home, so I can teach my children and
grandchildren what love is.

Thank you,

Carolyn Randall from United States
Comment 27 of 179, added on July 31st, 2005 at 9:35 PM.

I have an enormous Eastern Cottonwood tree in my yard and my elderly
neighbor hates it...he complains about the mess it makes and is constantly
telling me to have it removed...it's the most amazing tree and I love
it...one day I took a picture of the tree and made it a bit transparent and
imposed this poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer over it and am contemplating
giving it to my neighbor...it may not help but I feel the need to share
this poem with my neighbor...take a look...


Annie from United States
Comment 26 of 179, added on July 22nd, 2005 at 11:35 PM.

We all learnt this "off by heart", as we said then, when I was a kid. So
did all the other kids my age in Australia. It's one of the few poems that
I can still recite. Thank you for including it here.

Frankie from Australia
Comment 25 of 179, added on July 12th, 2005 at 5:54 PM.

I loved this poem, like most, since childhood. It was Alfalfa recitation
on The Little Rascals that did it for me. My father also would recite this
to my siblings and me.

felicia from United States
Comment 24 of 179, added on July 10th, 2005 at 12:02 AM.

As a child I grew with this poem tatooted on my mind, I would read it
everyday when I was about 5 years old, knowing he was a soldier at war but
still had the courage to see the beauty of the things around him, I admire
his strenght and ability to see things clearly.. I live in a place where
there are many trees and every time I hear his poem it makes me smile
knowing that I dont live in a time where these trees can only be remembered
as pictures on walls or backrounds on photos. This poem will remind me and
probably a lot more people about our natures beauty. We should remember we
shouldn't spoil God's gift for we're not sure when he'll take these gifts
away.. I'm not sure how anyone could forget such a wonderfully written poem
and never remember it again.

Quina Baterna from Philippines
Comment 23 of 179, added on June 5th, 2005 at 5:25 PM.


BILL AIKENS from United States
Comment 22 of 179, added on June 2nd, 2005 at 6:09 PM.

Kilmer was a soldier. He fought with valour as a sergeant in the
American Expeditionary Force during World War I and saw the horrors of that
Great War.
Yet he was unbowed. He still knew beauty and lyric, gifts easily lost
in war. He wrote this poem, perhaps, as the samurai composed haiku before
going into battle.

Brendan Webber from Canada
Comment 21 of 179, added on May 29th, 2005 at 8:19 AM.

This poem has lasted almost 100 years and still connects with our hearts
when we read it. There is a huge Garry Oak near my house that caused me to
remember this poem which I had not read for many years. So happy to see it
is on the Internet!!!

Julie Morgana from Canada
Comment 20 of 179, added on May 20th, 2005 at 9:45 PM.

This is a good example that many, many folks like warm
fuzzy piety in their poems. This is true of many Catholics and Kilmer was
one. For many, many people religious piety is attractive as a reassuring
On the other hand, it is reasssuring how many, many
people really love trees and other manifestations of
nature in spite of the fact that our culture is so hostile to nature. This
set of pleasing couplets is
as anthropomorphic toward a tree as most humans are
with their Gods. (Not just Christians, but Hebrews,
Arabs, and oodles of ancient pagans including the Romans and Greeks.It's
quite common, if not universal.)
I, too, love trees, am a defender of our National Forests, and have an
Indian name of Livingtree. Kilmer's partly human tree has robins in her
hair, a
breast with snow on it, lives intimately unsheltered
with the rain, hungrily presses her mouth to suck the
sweetness of the ground she stands on, and prays with
outstretched leafy arms which have no axillary hair
where they branch from her trunk. True, humans so far
can't make a tree and still leave that to whichever God
they fear and respect, though cloning may already have happened since
Kilmer's time. As for comparisons, comparing nature's features with the
human art of poetry is a perfect instance of "comparing apples and
oranges." Trouble is, I fear many people who dearly
dote over Kilmer's lines may not give a rip about the
rampant forest destruction going on around the bent
world. Finally, there is the put-down of us poor human
fools who pour our puny creative impulses into the
various arts and sciences.....Kilmer's widowed young
wife, Aline, actually wrote a superb lyric on the loss of her husband in WW
I and buried in a military cemetery in France. Look for it, "I Shall Not Be

Greg Foote from United States

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Poet: Joyce Kilmer
Poem: 3. Trees
Volume: Trees and Other Poems
Year: 1914
Added: Aug 7 2004
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