Trees by Joyce Kilmer (Children’s Poem)

Background/ History/ Origin:

“Trees” by American poet Joyce Kilmer is a kind of lyric poem.

Kilmer wrote it in February 1913, and it was first published in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse. It was also included in Kilmer’s poetry collection Trees and Other Poems in the year 1914.

Kilmer is actually most remembered for this poem.

Poetry Meaning:

The poem “Trees” describes the idea that Art created by humans is not able to replicate the beauty of Nature which God made.

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

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I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

– Joyce Kilmer