Online Poetry Anthology

“Trees” by Joyce Kilmer

Trees and Other Poems (1913) | Joyce Kilmer (1886–1918)

"Trees" by Joyce Kilmer
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.

Trees and Other Poems (1913) | Joyce Kilmer (1886–1918)

Online Poetry Anthology

  • Read this one aloud with younger children.
  • Memorize the poem. You can read how we suggest approaching this on our copying page.
  • Choose one stanza to copy and illustrate.
  • The tree is personified in the poem. Select two places that show personification.
  • Choose a tree to study through all four seasons.


Additional Resources

Poetry Dictionary for Kids
Terms, literary devices, and more.



Tree in the Trail  by Holling C. Holling
Great tie-in! Check out our go-along activities.

First Book of Trees
Public domain title.

The Science of Drawing TreesThe Science of Drawing: Trees {Free eBook}
Another public domain title that will help with tracking a tree through the seasons.


Units & Lesson Plans

Free Nature Studies: Our Wonderful WorldFree Nature Studies: Our Wonderful World
These are the tree sections from our free nature study with resources and more for studying trees: