Benjamin Jonson

(1572 - 1637)

It Is Not Growing Like A Tree - Poem by Benjamin Jonson

It is not growing like a tree
In bulk doth make Man better be;
Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,
To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere:
A lily of a day
Is fairer far in May,
Although it fall and die that night—
It was the plant and flower of light.
In small proportions we just beauties see;
And in short measures life may perfect be.

Comments about It Is Not Growing Like A Tree by Benjamin Jonson

  • (5/23/2016 6:13:00 AM)

    This is a good poem, but there is a problem.
    A tree even when it is bald, sere and dry is still useful I have seen birds like parakeets living on the holes in the old dry, bald trees! Even when it falls as a log at last, it still warms us as firewood! A tree dead or live never ceases to be useful. In this respect, Ben Jonson is not correct..
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  • Sai Vijaya Mahalakshmi (3/15/2014 2:52:00 AM)

    suggested poem and inspirational one, thanks to the poet (Report) Reply

  • Sai Vijaya Mahalakshmi (3/15/2014 2:46:00 AM)

    suggested poem, , how can a person attribute values to life in small proportions. beautiful illustration and great inspirational (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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