The English Oak has a special place in literature and poetry;
John Dryden (1631-1700) wrote:
The monarch oak, the patriarch of trees,
Shoots, rising up and spreads by slow degrees;
Three centuries he grows, and three he stays
Supreme in state, and in three more decays
William Boyce wrote the anthem for the Royal Navy in 1759 to include the chorus line:
Heart of oak are our ships, heart of oak are our men;
We always are ready, steady, boys, steady!
We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again.