Joyce Kilmer

(1886-1918 / New Jersey)

Quotations

  • ''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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Alarm Clocks

When Dawn strides out to wake a dewy farm
Across green fields and yellow hills of hay
The little twittering birds laugh in his way
And poise triumphant on his shining arm.
He bears a sword of flame but not to harm
The wakened life that feels his quickening sway
And barnyard voices shrilling "It is day!"
Take by his grace a new and alien charm.

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