(18) Loveliest of Trees [By A.E. Housman]

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Poem Instructions: Find one of your favorite poems from a famous author, and then write a paragraph of analysis for that poem.

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Loveliest of Trees (Poem)

by A.E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

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Loveliest of Trees (Poem Analysis)

This poem is about appreciating the beauty of nature year-round (all four seasons) and making the most of every moment. The setting of this poem is in Easter when the lovely cherry trees bloom in spring. It is narrated in first person from the perspective of the poet.

The first stanza describe the beauty of the scenery. It describes how the cherry trees are so covered with flowers and blossoms that the tree branches hang down. The beautiful trees align the sides of the path as the speaker goes for a ride. The speaker is trying to show a connection between the white of the trees (symbolizing purity of Christ) and the religious time of Easter.

The second stanza reveals the fact that the speaker is only around twenty years old. After you minus the twenty years that the speaker has already lived from seventy years, the life expectancy of a person according to the Bible, we learn that the speaker has only fifty more years to enjoy the beauty of nature.

In the third and final stanza, the speaker explains that fifty years is not enough time to enjoy the beauty of nature. He says that each season has its own unique beauty. In the spring, the cherry trees are covered with white flowers. In the winter, the trees are covered by snow.The speaker then sets off into the woodland area to admire and take in the beauty of the cherry trees. It is important to understand the idea that each season is just as beautiful as the next, but that beauty is shown in a different way.

 

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