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Joyce Kilmer

Joyce KilmerAKA Alfred Joyce Kilmer

Born: 6-Dec-1886
Birthplace: New Brunswick, NJ
Died: 30-Jul-1918
Location of death: Seringes, France
Cause of death: War
Remains: Buried, Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Fere-en-Tardenois, Picardie, France

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Trees

Military service: US Army (WWI, 42nd Infantry Division, killed in action)

Notorious particularly for one single poem, frequently memorized:

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Wife: Aline Murray

    University: Rutgers University
    University: BA, Columbia University (1908)

    The New York Times
    Croix de Guerre (posthumously)
    Converted to Catholicism

Author of books:
Summer of Love (1911, poetry)
Trees and Other Poems (1914, poetry)
The Circus and Other Essays (1916, essays)
Main Street and Other Poems (1917, poetry)
Literature in the Making (1917)

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