Joyce KilmerJoyce Kilmer
) was an American poet; his best-known work is "Trees".
The poem is notable for its anthropomorphism
: the tree in the poem presses its mouth to the earth's breast and looks at God
and raises its leafy arms to pray.
The poem was given a musical setting that was quite popular in the 1940s
Kilmer was killed in action by a sniper during World War I and is buried in the Oise-Aisne Cemetery, Fere-en-Tardenois, France.