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Wood chips flying in the air | 17-May-13

Enquirer is looking for a poem from the 1976 English O level Syllabus about a wood cutter chopping wood and 'wood chips flying in the air'.

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This is, I think, The Axe in the Wood by Clifford Dyment .
Susan Hamlyn

Thanks Susan Hamlyn. The poem "The Axe in the Wood" by Clifford Dyment begins:
"I stopped to watch a man strike at the trunk
Of a tree grown strong through many centuries.
His quick axe, sharp and glittering, struck deep,
And yellow chips went spinning in the air..."

The full text of the poem can be found in these collections at the Poetry Library:

The axe in the wood: poems / DYMENT, CLIFFORD. -- London : J.M. Dent & Sons, 1944. (Book) Adult collection

Collected poems / DYMENT, CLIFFORD ; Day Lewis, Cecil (introduction). -- London : J.M. Dent & Sons, 1970. (Book) Adult collection

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