by A. E. Housman
Loveliest of Trees
Year of Publication:
Time flies; carpe diem; enjoy beauty now.
Ordinary ballad rhythm
Things to Discuss:
What is the message the poet is sending? The tree is a metaphor of? Would any tree fit? Why do you think the poet chose the cherry tree?
About the Poem:
The thought is simply a description plus a metaphor.
About the Poet:
Housman was born in 1859. He attended St.John's College at Oxford. He had hoped for first-class honors but failed in that regard. To support himself he got a minor job in the civil service.