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CLASS: 11th CLASS (1ST YEAR, FSC PART 1, HSSC-1, ICS)
SUBJECT: ENGLISH BOOK Iii (PTBB)
POEM NAME: “LOVELIEST OF TREES, THE CHERRY NOW”
POET NAME: “A.E. HOUSMAN”

THEME

At the age of twenty, the poet discovers that the charms of the cherry are rich. Covered by the snow, it shines everywhere. The cherry has put on the white dress to celebrate the rebirth of the Christ. Even nature joins people to celebrate the rebirth of Christ. The poet wants to plans to set out for woodland ride. However, he regrets that he is left with just fifty years more.

 

STANZA NO. 1
Loveliests of trees, the cherry now 
Is hung with bloom along the bough, 
And stands about the woodland ride 
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Reference:

These lines have been taken from the poem “LOVELIEST OF TREES, THE CHERRY NOW” written by A.E. Housman.

Context:

The poet is glad to see the cherry tree covered with snow and wants to enjoy its beauty forever.

Explanation:

The poet says that the cherry is the loveliest of all trees. It looks beautiful. The green leaves sparkle with the tiny cherries. As they dangle from different branches of the tree. They shine in the sun. It is high time to ride a horse and wander in the woods. As the cherries have put on thr white snow in order to celebrate Easter.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q: What makes the cherry the loveliet tree?

Ans: The poet says that the cherry is the most beautiful tree. He likes it for its natural beauty. The small cherry shines in the green leaves. The cherry tree is covered with snow. This contrast between the colours of the cherry, I.e. the leaves and the snow makes its beauty still more amazing .

Q: How does the cherry celebrate easter?

Ans: The Christians put on white dresses to celebrate Easter. They commemorate the resurrection of Christ. The cherry in white seems to be celebrating Easter. It is clad in white snow. The flowers of Cherry are white. Some cherry have pink flowers.

 

STANZA NO. 2
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.

Reference:

These lines have been taken from the poem “LOVELIEST OF TREES, THE CHERRY NOW” written by A.E. Housman.

Context:

The poet is glad to see the cherry tree covered with snow and wants to enjoy its beauty forever.

Explanation:

The poet is now twenty years old. Like other Christians, he believes that Bible grants man a life of 70 years on the earth. He calculates that out of 70 years and finds that he is left with only 50 years. Fifty years are insufficient to enjoy the beauty of cherries. He wishes that he had more years to live and to enjoy the beauty of cherries. These fifty years are too few to enjoy nature.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q: How is the poet left with 50 years?

Ans: The poet is 20 years old. According to the Christian belief the average life of man on the earth is 70. So the poet is left with only 50 years more. He feels that he would not be able to enjoy these beauties to his satisfaction in just 50 years.

Q: What do you know about cherry?

Ans: Cherry is a small round shaped fruit. It is reddish black in color and sweet in taste. The cherry tree has pointed leaves and white flowers. It grows well in cold areas.

STANZA NO. 3
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.

Reference:

These lines have been taken from the poem “LOVELIEST OF TREES, THE CHERRY NOW” written by A.E. Housman.

Context:

The poet is glad to see the cherry tree covered with snow and wants to enjoy its beauty forever.

Explanation:

The poet says that nature at its prime time is no less than a spell. And it needs a lot of time to look the greedy pleasure on the beauties of nature. But, he is left with fifty years only. Therefore, the poet will go about the woodland. The nature is in her full bloom. He will enjoy witness the beauty of cherry which is his favourite tree. He hopes that the cherry tree covered with snow will amuse him a lot.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q: Why are fifty years too little to enjoy the beauties of nature?

Ans: There is an endless beauty of the cherry that are clad in snow. This is too much to be enjoyed in such a short time as 50 years. For a lover, time for gloating on beauty always runs short. He is ever insatiate. There poet himself, is a staunch lover of nature. The more he has of it, the more he longs for more of it.

 

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