[PDF] (Trees and Other Poems) By Joyce Kilmer
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the rug where he killed himself and ending by calling him an ass a major rug where he killed himself and ending by calling him an ass a major from the sanctimonious tone of the rest of Kilmer s work The other angry poem seems to rant against women poets ending by telling them to put down their pens and pick up their needles While I can t say that I especially enjoyed this book it is an interesting piece of American literary history the sort of poetry that largely gets left out of the classroom A regrettably VERY short volume of beautiful poetry The reason why I read this book was that I came across this uote I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a treeThe uote was credited to Joyce Kilmer and came from Trees Other Poems and I
thought it was the whole poem My first reaction was that this was it was the whole poem My first reaction was that this was really great one Of course I was mistaken This was ust the beginning of the poem the rest goes like thisA tree whose hungry mouth is pressedAgainst the earth s sweet flowing breast A tree that looks at God all dayAnd lifts her leafy arms to pray A tree that may in summer wearA nest of robins in her hair Upon whose bosom snow has lain Who intimately lives with rainPoems are made by fools like meBut only God can make a treeThis longer version of the poem is a bit different from the two line poem I had first read When I had read it to the end it turned out to be a religous poem and I think it really is a beautiful one at that So I read the rest of the book expecting something up to
uality Unfortunately most of the rest of the book didn t do anything for me I thought a lot of the poems were THE COCAINE ADDICTION CURE (Drug Addiction, 12 Step Program, Road to Recovery, Alcohol Addiction) judgmental in tone and word use wasn t good either I felt they were in need of editing and that they could have been shortened to make them stronger I thought Trees Dave Lilly and Easter were the best ones Easter is the shortest one in the book and isust a clear simple image which I think Kilmer worked well Dave Lilly is a bit different In it the narrator is recollecting a man he once knew a man that had been a fisherman and a drunk There was something about that one that got me The house with no one in it was pretty good too Most of the poems have aged rather badly in my view but I can t help wondering what might have been in Kilmer had lived longer He died so young that one can t really say what he would have been like as a mature artist. Re published freuently in anthologies Several critics both Kilmer's contemporaries and modern scholars disparaged Kilmer's work as being too simple overly sentimental and that his style was far too traditional even archaic.
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LABOR MADEWHO CLEFT THE ROCKS THAT THIS MIGHT RISEmadeWho cleft the rocks that this might rise high Mount Houvenkopf Serene he stands with mist serenely crownedAnd draws a cloak of trees about his breastThe thunder roars but cannot break his restAnd from his rugged face the tempests boundHe does not heed the angry lightning s wound Good not superMy favorite poem was Pennies and it s last lines were these Lo comfort blooms on pain and peace on strife I read this collection in one night and was frankly entranced latching on to pieces of imagery When I was looking through the poems again a couple days later they did feel a little Sunday Schoolish in their structure and their spelled out morals The strong imagery in The Apartment House for instance died in the second stanza when Kilmer started waxing on with platitudes about home A few lines I loved are these The darts of toil and sorrow sent Against your peaceful beauty are As foolish and as impotent As winds that blow against a star Through miles on weary
"Miles Of Night That Stretch "of night That stretch in my way My lantern burns serene and white An unexhausted cup of day Unhymned by you what is the dawn Easter is a tiny poem hardly longer than a haiku and yet it really made me smile The air is like a butterfly With frail blue wings The happy earth looks at the sky And sings Finally I was amused by Kilmer s commentary on other poets In Old Poets for instance he contrasts passionate abbering youngsters with uiet older poets presumably like himself Perhaps I mostly en. Alfred Joyce Kilmer December 6 1886 – July 30 1918 was an American ournalist poet literary critic lecturer and editor Though a prolific poet whose works celebrated the common beauty of the natural world as well as his .
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Joyed it because I ve felt a bit beaten down by my 8 5 ob and have started shaking my head at the energy of young people even if I still am one But whatever the reason I really liked the unconcerned peace portrayed in the last stanza But the old man knows that he s in his chair And that god s on His throne in the sky So he sits
By The Fire In Comfort And He Lets The Worldthe fire in comfort And he lets the world by And speaking of Kilmer s poems about poets I have to say that the truly savage To Certain Poets which I sincerely hope is Kilmer being grouchy about young upstarts and not being flagrantly sexist made me laugh out loud My edition is not listed It is the 1914 hardcover with dust acket I got it from a used book bin an found inside An old newspaper clipping about the death of the NJ oak that inspired the Trees poem an embroidered book mark about the Golden Rule an old postcard thanking a Barnville man for his donation to Boy s Town I love the stuff I find inside used books I think that I shall never seeA poem lovely as a treeA tree whose hungry mouth is pressedAgainst the earth s sweet flowing breast A tree that looks at God all dayAnd lifts her leafy arms to pray A tree that may in summer wearA nest of robins in her hair Upon whose bosom snow has lain Who intimately lives with rainPoems are made by fools like meBut only God can make a tree This poem in it s beautiful simplicity is very in it s beautiful simplicity is very to Emily Dickinson in style and innocence The mystical ecology almost recalls the Romantics pantheistic verse Kilmer himself was a Roman Catholic and the personification is so perfectly used that it amazes Joyce Kilmer would later become a Sergeant in the first world war and was killed in action July of 1918 This is a very odd little poetry collection and I can see where a lot of contemporary readers would find it outdated Kilmer drowns a lot of his pieces in a treacly sentimentality that has gone out of vogue and many of his poems are also what could be considered excessively religious The meter is often uneven as well although Kilmer does experiment with rhyme schemes from poem to poem Most striking are the two angry poems in the collection To a Young Poet who Killed Himself and To Certain Poets are notably different from the rest of the poems in the book The former rails against the eponymous Young Poet not only lamenting his death but. Eligious faith Kilmer is remembered most for a poem entitled Trees 1913 which was published in the collection Trees and Other Poems in 1914 While most of his works are unknown a select few of his poems remain popular and