whose bark is like our reality, bound to Until he took the stiffness out of them, them, takes leave of us. the air around us becomes slowly and always And stands about the woodland ride And miles to go before I sleep, Where I am laid to rest, He is the author of, among others, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History and The Great War, The Waste Land and the Modernist Long Poem. Cruel claw and hungry throat, If you enjoy poems about trees, this page of tree poems is for you. And turn his merry note Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun, Thinking their drifting blooms Fate’s coldest snow! 2. in December Live thy Life, I think that I shall never seeA poem lovely as a tree.—From "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer, Earth's the right place for love:I don't know where it's likely to go better.I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree,And climb black branches up a snow-white trunkToward heaven...—From "Birches" by Robert Frost, Give some tree the gift of green again.Let one bird sing.—From "When Autumn Came" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz translated by Naomi Lazard, © Academy of American Poets, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038. And that’s a worthy deed. Have dowered the stars with merry light; Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), who published under the initials H. D., was once described as ‘the perfect Imagist’, and embodied the key tenets and manifesto of the short-lived Imagist movement in poetry. My Friend Tree by Lorine Niedecker My friend tree / I sawed you down... Not Dead by Robert Graves Walking through trees to cool my heat and pain... Orpheus by William Shakespeare Orpheus with his lute made trees... Pear Tree by H. D. Silver dust / lifted from the earth... Russian Birch by Nathaniel Bellows Is it agony that has bleached them to such beauty? And all the trembling flowers they bear. To the top branches, climbing carefully in winter, summer, spring or fall. unsaid, The implication of this ‘poison tree’ is that anger and hatred start to eat away at oneself: hatred always turns inward, corrupting into self-hatred. An excellent list. I like to think some boy’s been swinging them. What shall it be? Gold again. eroded beyond fear. Years afterwards, trailing their leaves on the ground If in the park I plant an elm, On a Tree Fallen Across … Gerard Manley Hopkins, ‘Binsey Poplars’. by William Shakespeare. As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored To turn the cross-roads to a ghostly room …. There the Loves a circle go, One by one he subdued his father’s trees examines, and even elephants Let’s plant a fir—so it can be Then he flung outward, feet first, with a swish, this birch Joyce Kilmer was born on December 6, 1886, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. a lighted outdoor Christmas tree. Come hither, come hither, come hither: 4. But when he was angry with his enemy, he didn’t air his grievance to this foe, and so the anger grew. as these trees do to us, After a rain. In those great ignorant leafy ways; They existed. against which I lean And made my lips and music wed, And loves to live i’ the sun, And lifts her leafy arms to pray …. Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Way through the Woods’. The changing colours of its fruit there’s nothing like a cherry pie! Living gold; Summer-rich They are dragged to the withered bracken by the load, Thanks, Thomas – and that’s a fine suggestion about the Frost substitution. Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, When I see birches bend to left and right Thine eyes grow full of tender care: The Sound of the Trees by Robert Frost.
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