Stevie Smith

(20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971 / Kingston upon Hull)

Alone In The Woods - Poem by Stevie Smith

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 about Alone In The Woods by Stevie Smith

  • (12/11/2017 12:42:00 PM)


    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? (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/7/2017 3:26:00 PM)


    Such a heartwarming write by Stevie Smith👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/7/2017 1:24:00 PM)


    Hostility! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2017 1:22:00 PM)


    Well done I hope you love poems andi hope you have a nice day. (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2017 4:43:00 AM)


    Man's so called mastery over the latent forces of Nature is often blatantly rejected by the Nature because of man's arrogance, pride and negative temperament which is putting the Nature into great hazard and vulnerability.........very beautifully crafted......full credit.........thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (12/7/2017 2:08:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem on nature having stunning expression with nice collocation. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/7/2017 12:54:00 AM)


    Nature gives peace and relaxation to the mind. I love walking in nature and enjoy its unspoiled beauty. Man has become cruel by destroying natures bounty. Nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (12/7/2017 12:36:00 AM)


    I really like this poem. It deals with the effects of man on Mother Nature and her creatures. (Report) Reply

  • (11/23/2016 4:31:00 PM)


    (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. (Report) Reply

  • (5/18/2014 11:44:00 AM)


    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. (Report) Reply

  • (11/2/2008 4:01:00 PM)


    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.
    (Report) Reply

Read all 11 comments »




Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: sick, nature, green, hate, alone, sky, tree, rose



Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



[Report Error]