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Joyce Kilmer

(1886-1918 / New Jersey)


  • ''Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.''
    Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), poet. Trees (l. 11-12). . . World's Best Loved Poems, The. James Gilchrist Lawson, comp. (1927) Harper & Row.
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  • ''I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.''
    Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), U.S. poet. Poetry (Chicago, Aug. 1913). Trees, Trees and Other Poems (1914). Ogden Nash wrote a riposte: "I think that I shall never see A billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps unless the billboards fall, I'll never see a tree at all." (Song of the Open Road in Happy Days, 1933).

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(For Aline)

From what old ballad, or from what rich frame
Did you descend to glorify the earth?
Was it from Chaucer's singing book you came?
Or did Watteau's small brushes give you birth?

Nothing so exquisite as that slight hand
Could Raphael or Leonardo trace.

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