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“The Life of Trees” contrasts the busy and responsibility-driven life of human beings with the measured, nature-driven life of trees. Negatively, the speaker’s summary of human responsibilities is presented, in lines 15 and 16, as “Money, Politics, Power/ Will or Right.” Such things are not relevant to the life of Nature, for the natural life of trees is concerned with “Sun. Rain. Snow. Wind” (line 29). Laux’s poem is accurate in its personification of trees, and presents a thoughtful description of their existence. Within the confines of a short poem, it would be difficult fully to describe human duties and tasks, but as a brief summary the poem succeeds in contrasting the natural life of trees and the preoccupied life of human beings.
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