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Trees

Rating: 4.2

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
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;
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Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Topic(s) of this poem: trees
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Rashida C M 20 January 2013

Kilmer's writing style is so simple and it make me more nature friendly

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Tony Karas 12 December 2012

Sublimely beautiful and so simple... real elegance with words. No wonder she's a master!

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Paul Anthony 12 December 2012

So simple, so beautiful. I'm not really a nature man but I'll tip my hat next time I pass a tree.

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Shahzia Batool 12 December 2012

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; Great!

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Carol G. 20 March 2013

Sorry Tony K. but Joyce Kilmer is not a she!

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Bharati Nayak 12 September 2021

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.---Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.----What a great poem! Nature is incomparable! However man try, man can never create anything as beautiful as Nature does.

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Deluke Muwanigwa 09 December 2020

Lovely poem. Thanks Rajnish Manga for leading me to the 'trees" . You here that poets...poets are fools. If a poet be a fool then let the muse play on. Great poem.

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Rajnish Manga 06 December 2020

Great commentary on the material progress made by man which has cost him so dearly. This is probably the most popular poem of Joyce Kilmer. I would like to translate it into Hindi.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 30 November 2020

Nothing more could have been expressed in in applauding mother nature the tree...so benevolent, figure of a monk.......here tree is the epitome. " A tree that looks at God all day/And lifts her leafy arms to pray. A great poem.

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Martha D. Johnson 01 September 2020

My mother use to quote this poem about a tree just to aggravate me when I was little. It would make me mad and she would laugh about it. She only went to 8th grade back in 40's. i guess she had to memorize it for an assignment for school. She got married at 15 and had me at age of 16. She grew up with 5 kids before age 21. Now I see the poem as a lovely poem.

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