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Biography of Joyce Kilmer

Joyce Kilmer

Joyce Kilmer (1886 - 1918)

Joyce Kilmer (December 6, 1886-July 30, 1918) was an American poet; his best-known work is "Trees". The poem is notable for its anthropomorphism: the tree in the poem presses its mouth to the earth's breast and looks at God and raises its leafy arms to pray. The poem was given a musical setting that was quite popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

Kilmer was killed in action by a sniper during World War I and is buried in the Oise-Aisne Cemetery, Fere-en-Tardenois, France.



59 Poems written by Joyce Kilmer

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First LineComments
(For Amelia Josephine Burr) Comments and analysis of Roofs by Joyce Kilmer 7 Comments
(For My Mother) Comments and analysis of The New School by Joyce Kilmer 2 Comments
(For Shaemas O Sheel) Comments and analysis of The Proud Poet by Joyce Kilmer 8 Comments
(For Thomas Augustine Daly) Comments and analysis of The Snowman in the Yard by Joyce Kilmer 2 Comments
1814-1914
"Dulce et decorum est"
(For A. K. K.)
(For Alden March)
(For Aline) Comments and analysis of Love's Lantern by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
(For Aline)
(For Aline) Comments and analysis of Vision by Joyce Kilmer 2 Comments
(For Aline) Comments and analysis of A Blue Valentine by Joyce Kilmer 2 Comments
(For Aline) Comments and analysis of As Winds That Blow Against A Star by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
(For Aline)
(For Cecil Chesterton) Comments and analysis of The Robe of Christ by Joyce Kilmer 4 Comments
(For Edward J. Wheeler) Comments and analysis of The Twelve-Forty-Five by Joyce Kilmer 11 Comments
(For Eleanor Rogers Cox) Comments and analysis of Apology by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
(For Helen Parry Eden)
(For John Bunker)
(For Katherine Bregy) Comments and analysis of Roses by Joyce Kilmer 4 Comments
(For Kenton)
(For Louise Imogen Guiney)
(For Mrs. Henry Mills Alden) Comments and analysis of Trees by Joyce Kilmer 153 Comments
(For My Mother) Comments and analysis of Mid-ocean in War-time by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
(For Richardson Little Wright) Comments and analysis of Gates and Doors by Joyce Kilmer 30 Comments
(For Robert Cortez Holliday) Comments and analysis of Old Poets by Joyce Kilmer 2 Comments
(For S. M. E.) Comments and analysis of Multiplication by Joyce Kilmer 2 Comments
(For S. M. L.) Comments and analysis of Main Street by Joyce Kilmer 14 Comments
(For Sara Teasdale) Comments and analysis of Madness by Joyce Kilmer 3 Comments
(For the Rev. Charles L. O'Donnell, C. S. C.) Comments and analysis of The Thorn by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
(For the Rev. Edward F. Garesche, S. J.) Comments and analysis of The Singing Girl by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
(For the Rev. James B. Dollard) Comments and analysis of Kings by Joyce Kilmer 4 Comments
(For the Rev. James J. Daly, S. J.) Comments and analysis of Stars by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
(For the Rev. John J. Burke, C. S. P.) Comments and analysis of Lionel Johnson by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
(For Thomas Walsh)
(From the French of Emile Verhaeren)
(In memory of Joseph Mary Plunkett) Comments and analysis of Easter Week by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
A few long-hoarded pennies in his hand
Her lips' remark was: "Oh, you kid!" Comments and analysis of Servant Girl and Grocer's Boy by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
I Comments and analysis of In Memory by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
In alien earth, across a troubled sea,
My hands were stained with blood, my heart was
No longer of Him be it said
Not on the lute, nor harp of many strings Comments and analysis of The Rosary by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
Now is the rhymer's honest trade
Serene he stands, with mist serenely crowned,
Severe against the pleasant arc of sky Comments and analysis of The Apartment House by Joyce Kilmer 2 Comments
The air is like a butterfly
The boom and blare of the big brass band is cheering Comments and analysis of The Big Top by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
There's a brook on the side of Greylock that used Comments and analysis of Dave Lilly by Joyce Kilmer 5 Comments
Vain is the chiming of forgotten bells
We who beg for bread as we daily tread Comments and analysis of St. Alexis, Patron of Beggars by Joyce Kilmer 9 Comments
When Dawn strides out to wake a dewy farm Comments and analysis of Alarm Clocks by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
When I am tired of earnest men, Comments and analysis of Martin by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
When you had played with life a space Comments and analysis of To A Young Poet Who Killed Himself by Joyce Kilmer 18 Comments
Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track Comments and analysis of The House with Nobody in It by Joyce Kilmer 104 Comments
Why didst thou carve thy speech laboriously, Comments and analysis of Father Gerard Hopkins, S. J. by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment
Why is that wanton gossip Fame Comments and analysis of Delicatessen by Joyce Kilmer 18 Comments
Within the broken Vatican Comments and analysis of St. Laurence by Joyce Kilmer 1 Comment


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