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Trees Summary & Analysis
by Joyce Kilmer

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"Trees" is a poem by Joyce Kilmer written in 1913. By far Kilmer's most popular work, the speaker insists that no poem can ever be as "lovely as a tree." In other words, human art invariably fails to match the beauty and majesty of nature. This is because nature was created by God, the speaker says; God designed the natural world, and thus its perfect harmony, balance, and wonder stands in testament to God's power. The best poetry can do, it seems, is to acknowledge its own failure while praising the wonder of God's creation.

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