City Trees Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

City Trees

Rating: 2.9


The trees along this city street,
Save for the traffic and the trains,
Would make a sound as thin and sweet
As trees in country lanes.

And people standing in their shade
Out of a shower, undoubtedly
Would hear such music as is made
Upon a country tree.

Oh, little leaves that are so dumb
Against the shrieking city air,
I watch you when the wind has come,—
I know what sound is there.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Ratnakar Mandlik 22 February 2017

Outstanding observation and comparison in respect of trees in city as well as in the country side.

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Rajesh Thankappan 23 December 2014

In the din of the city life the tree turns silent. Excellent!

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Colleen Courtney 17 May 2014

Funny how we pay attention to trees when on a walk through the country but barely give a thought to them when walking or driving through the city. Maybe this is what the poet was thinking?

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dont worry about it 26 November 2020

can u get to the answers

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John Hardesty 02 July 2013

She had many trees to write about living in Maine! !

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland / Maine / United States
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