—Joyce Kilmer, Poetry, August 1913In the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Thomas Vinciguerra looks back on 100 years of “Trees”: 

One hundred years ago, in the August issue of Poetry magazine, Alfred Joyce Kilmer published “Trees.” This stubbornly enduring work needs no introduction. Even the smallest schoolchild can lisp: “I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree.” Come Arbor Day, every two-bit garden club recites “Trees” as it plants a sapling; Alfalfa Switzer crooned it — or rather, whined it — in a memorable “Our Gang” short. 
Of course, “Trees” is a notoriously awful poem.

—Joyce Kilmer, Poetry, August 1913

In the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Thomas Vinciguerra looks back on 100 years of “Trees”:

One hundred years ago, in the August issue of Poetry magazine, Alfred Joyce Kilmer published “Trees.” This stubbornly enduring work needs no introduction. Even the smallest schoolchild can lisp: “I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree.” Come Arbor Day, every two-bit garden club recites “Trees” as it plants a sapling; Alfalfa Switzer crooned it — or rather, whined it — in a memorable “Our Gang” short.

Of course, “Trees” is a notoriously awful poem.

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