Alone In The Woods Poem by Stevie Smith

Alone In The Woods

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Alone in the woods I felt
The bitter hostility of the sky and the trees
Nature has taught her creatures to hate
Man that fusses and fumes
Unquiet man
As the sap rises in the trees
As the sap paints the trees a violent green
So rises the wrath of Nature's creatures
At man
So paints the face of Nature a violent green.
Nature is sick at man
Sick at his fuss and fume
Sick at his agonies
Sick at his gaudy mind
That drives his body
Ever more quickly
More and more
In the wrong direction.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Tim Woodhouse 02 November 2008

I was walking alone on Alderley Edge and felt a fear and a sense of my own insignificance in the face of Nature. This poem reminds me of this.

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Diana Evans 11 December 2017

A business man has just cut some trees on a piece of land that is for all. He did it because he doesn't like the mess of leaves which enter his building. I wonder if I should send him this poem?

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Colleen Courtney 18 May 2014

Hmmm...interesting. I always try to be thankful when walking in nature just for the sheer beauty and peacefulness of it all. But yet after this reading I also understand her point of view.

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Walterrean Salley 23 November 2016

(Alone In The Woods - Poem by Stevie Smith.) **Seems to be a displeasure with man’s innovations (chemicals and the whole shebang) because of its negative effects on nature.

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Anonumous Viewer. 30 April 2018

It really does capture man's fault's.

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Chinedu Dike 28 January 2022

An insightful creation.......

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Mahtab Bangalee 24 February 2020

Nature is Nature o yes as the guide as the true teacher but the false me and my ego cannot learn it properly I follow me my outside blindly forgetting the real and true me and the far sky, the emptiness, the imaginations directs me to the illusion of wrong.......! ! !

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Iftekhar Ifti 15 February 2019

Nature is always devote toward man but the it gets the cruel treatment from us.

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sharon 25 November 2018

no point when others dont believe me//my wife loves you//(beckman) that is just nonsense / all the hurtful words have destroyed me/

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Sheila Sharpe 04 June 2018

A very real statement about what man is doing to nature

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