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Notes for
Joyce Kilmer [1886-1918]

Exercise AK -  L6.7

     Most students study this poem at some time in their early education, and this appeared to be an appropriate place to put it. In addition to an interesting exercise on S/V/C patterns, the poem should provide for an interesting discussion of ellipsis. Does the simplifying effect of the ellipsis reinforce the presentation of the tree as child-like and simple? Why does the speaker call himself a "fool"?