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Trees by Joyce Kilmer

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Trees by Joyce Kilmer

"Trees" is a poem by Joyce Kilmer. After reading and analyzing the brief twelve lines of this poem we believe that it is a religious poem. Kilmer gives praising attributes to the tree as if it were praising God. This poem also explains that trees are lovelier than a poem because any fool can write a poem, but only God can create a tree.
The poem "Trees" uses a literary device called a couplet. A couplet is two lines of poetry. Kilmer uses six different couplets. One example of couplet is in the first two lines: "I think that I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree." Most couplets are usually connected with rhyming end words. This method is present in "Trees." Rhyme is the likeness of word sounds. An example of rhyme in this poem is in the third and fourth lines: "A tree whose hungry mouth is prest/ Against the earth's sweet flowing breast." Prest and breast have like sounds therefore are rhyming words. The rhyme scheme of this poem is aa, bb, cc, dd, ee, aa. This is because the first two lines rhyme, the third and forth rhyme, and so on for the next three couplets, but the last couplet rhymes with the first two lines so it is also aa.
Another literary device present in "Trees" is simile. Simile is a comparison between two unlike objects using the words like or as. There are a few examples of simile in this poem. One, for instance, is on the second line: "A poem lovely as a tree." Kilmer uses "as" to compare lovely and tree. Kilmer also uses "like" to compare fools and me in the eleventh line: "Poems are made by fools like me." A simile is a great device to use in this poem because it gives the reader something to compared an object to which gives the object a greater effect.
Personification is a literary device also used in "Trees." Personification is a figure of speech in which human attributes are conferred upon things that are not human. Kilmer uses personification ecessively throughout this poem. An example of this is in line six: "And lifts her leafy arms to pray." A tree does not have arms, and this is a human attribute used in this poem so it is personification. Kilmer also uses personification in lines three and four: "A tree whose hungry mouth is prest/ Against the earth's sweet flowing breast." Trees do not have mouths, and the earth does not have breasts.
"Trees" is a very lovely poem. Its extensive use of personification makes this poem sound like the tree is alive. We liked Kilmers descriptiveness and religious aspect. We believe that Kilmer uses the tree in this poem represents how people should praise god.

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