little tree by E.E. Cummings
"little tree", along with "why did you go" are two of Cummings' only poetry published in The Dial which holds a child's voice and view. This particular poem is about Christmas, and, of course, the tree which has been a long tradition.
In this poem, Cummings uses his humor to ask the tree questions, as if he is holding a conversation with it. "who found you in the green forest" he asks without a question mark. He then goes on to tell it that he will love it and hug it "just as your mother would". Nonetheless, this is written with a child's voice. It's something Cummings' has been known to do. Actually, it's something great artists are able to do: put themselves in someone else's body and do as they would.
little tree little tree little silent Christmas tree you are so little you are more like a flower who found you in the green forest and were you very sorry to come away? see i will comfort you because you smell so sweetly i will kiss your cool bark and hug you safe and tight just as your mother would, only don't be afraid look the spangles that sleep all the year in a dark box dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine, the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads, put up your little arms and i'll give them all to you to hold every finger shall have its ring and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy then when you're quite dressed you'll stand in the window for everyone to see and how they'll stare! oh but you'll be very proud and my little sister and i will take hands and looking up at our beautiful tree we'll dance and sing "Noel Noel" Published in The Dial, January 1920.
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Modernism, 19th Century