I think that I shall never see,
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, Unless the billboards fall,
I’ll never see a tree at all.
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· Emotion: I believe that the emotion in this poem is a bit sad and angry because the person sees the trees of the Joyce Kilmer poem being covered up.
· Poetic devices:
1. rhythm: There is rhythm in this poem, and the poem flows because of the way the lines are set up short and and to the point, passing an important thought across. It is like the saying, “Words are precious.”
2. end rhyme: There is an end of the line rhyme at the end of lines 1+2 and the end of lines 3+4 .
(with apologies to Ogden Nash)
Hamsters are so soft and round,
The most adorable creatures around.
Who would think,
Their cages sure stink.
Of all the animals who sleep nocturnal,
This one wheels to a racket infernal.
(For Mrs. Henry Mills Alden)
I think that I shall never see
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
A tree that looks at God all day,
A tree that may in Summer wear
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Poems are made by fools like me,
|Both Joyce Kilmer and Ogden Nash have written poems about trees. The difference between the two poems is that in the first poem, Joyce Kilmer is comparing two things, a tree and a poem. He is saying how a tree can only be made and fully described by God, but a poem can be written by anybody. In addition, no matter how great the poem, it still is not able to fully describe a tree. Ogden Nash is comparing a billboard to a tree. Obviously a tree is lovelier than a billboard. In his version of Joyce Kilmer’s poem, Ogden Nash is saying that now that the billboards have been built, not only can’t he describe a tree, he can’t even see a tree.|
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