Joyce Kilmer

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Kilmer was born on December 6, 1886 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the fourth and youngest child of Annie Ellen Kilburn (1849–1932) and Dr. Frederick Barnett Kilmer (1851–1934), a physician and analytical chemist employed by the Johnson and Johnson Company and inventor of the company's baby powder. Joyce was named Alfred Joyce Kilmer after Alfred R. ...

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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;

The House With Nobody In It

Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track
I go by a poor old farmhouse with its shingles broken and black.
I suppose I've passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for a minute
And look at the house, the tragic house, the house with nobody in it.


(For the Rev. James J. Daly, S. J.)

Bright stars, yellow stars, flashing through the air,
Are you errant strands of Lady Mary's hair?

Ballade Of My Lady's Beauty

Squire Adam had two wives, they say,
   Two wives had he, for his delight,
He kissed and clypt them all the day
   And clypt and kissed them all the night.

A Blue Valentine

(For Aline)

Right Reverend Bishop Valentinus,


Paul Amrod 30 November 2020

An American poet of highly colloquial significance. He brings my back to my hometown Suffern, New York and makes me feel like a teenie in a rock band in the 60ties.

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Martin Ludwig 29 June 2020

My mother used to sing the sing from Joyce Kilmer's Trees, That was almost 70 years ago. With the windows open in summer, her voice carried throughout our yard. It was a happy time, one in which i go back to many times. Thank You!

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Sheila Pinkston.Ford 29 April 2020

Sheila Ford....this photo of trees hung by front door since I was Bout 8 years old. I thought. That was the prettiest poem i had ever heard. I quickly memorized the poem as I ha, rd at the picture of the trees. I was in ??love!

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yea boi 18 April 2019

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Elizabeth Couch 12 March 2019

I need the words for the poem, " The Tree" by Joyce Kilmer

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Dimli 04 March 2019

What poetry style did he use

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Sobiya 22 October 2018

His poems are great specially stars

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Bob Bublicar 13 March 2018

His poem trees was great

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Wahab Abdul 12 December 2013

Kilmer is considered among the last of the Romantic era poets because his verse is conservative and traditional in style and does not break any of the formal rules of poetics—a style often criticized today for being too sentimental to be taken seriously

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Gloria Vojchehoske 12 April 2013

Learned this one by heart in the sixth grade, its my favorite.I write poems my self.I have 138 to date.I love writi.g them.Wil continue till the day I die

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Walterrean Salley 09 August 2012

Joyce Kilmer has long been one of my favorite poets. I'll never forget the poem, Trees. Learned it by heart, and use to quote it all the time. I still quote it sometimes.

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Miriam A. Kilmer 24 November 2007

If you found this page interesting: http: // Please visit my Joyce Kilmer website: http: // 'Trees' limited edition print http: // The Joyce Kilmer and Aline Kilmer Association Copies Book Index http: // Joyce Kilmer: FAQs and Fancies and much more! I am Joyce Kilmer's granddaughter.

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Nerissa Hedlind 12 December 2006

reminds me of childhood...and God is definitely wonderful making a tree and humans can make a so good poem like this...

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