Sunday, November 6, 2011

"I Think That I Shall Never See A Poem Lovely As A Tree"

Nov. 6, 2011
Arlington, Texas, USA

The author of this famous line, the American poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer, no doubt had never seen the tree depicted in this photo. Nature is capable of producing some grotesque life forms.

Whilst there are many beautiful trees, just as there are many beautiful poems, there is some lousy poetry in the world and a fair share of hideous trees.

Kilmer, 1886-1918, was killed in the First World War at the Second Battle of the Marne at the age of 31. He can perhaps be indulged because he didn't have the opportunity to see that many trees.

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