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    frindle2 is offline Member
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    Smile be different to trees

    Hello. Would you please tell me the meaning of the title? Thank you.


    Be different to Trees by Mary Carolyn Davies(1924)

    The talking oak
    To the ancients spoke.
    But any tree
    Will talk to me.
    What truths I know
    I garnered so.
    But those who want to talk and tell,
    And those who who will not listeners be,
    Will never hear a syllable
    From out the lips of any tree.

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    Re: be different to trees

    I think it means that we should pay special attention and care to trees, and try to listen to them.

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    Re: be different to trees

    Perhaps the poet was being clever by using "different" as an antonym of "indifferent", and possibly also implying change your attitude about trees.

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