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Joyce Kilmer
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    (December 6, 1886-July 30, 1918)
    Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
    Wrote 'Summer of Love' (1911), 'Trees and Other Poems' (1914) and 'Main Street and Other Poems' (1917)
    Birth name was Alfred Joyce Kilmer
    Killed by a sniper during the Second Battle of the Marne
    Although prolific, he is remembered for only one poem, 'Trees.'
    Several locations claim to be home to the tree that inspired 'Trees,' even though Kilmer denied having a particular tree in mind.
    Because of the middle name he used, many people think 'Trees' was written by a woman.
    Critics consider his work simple and overly sentimental.
    'Trees' remains a popular and widely recognized poem.
    His daughter Rose suffered from polio and died at age five.
    He refused an officer's commission, saying he would rather be a sergeant in the Fighting 69th than an officer in any other unit.
    He was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre for his valor.

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