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Loveliest Of Trees The Cherry Now Poem

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Rafael Almonte
Professor Lloyd
May 15, 2014

“Loveliest of Trees the Cherry Now”by A.E. Housman, “Spring and Fall” by Gerard Manley Hopkins and “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” by Robert Herrick all create metaphors relating nature and time. The contrast is that they all mark the moments of passage in their own unique way through the themes. Hopkins explains about human mortality. Herrick explains the inevitable outcome of time still remains and make use of that time by getting married. Finally, Housman explains one should come to terms with fate while you enjoy your time.
In the comparison of all three, they all create metaphors relating nature and time. Time is precious, each of poem connect humans with nature and their desire to take on whats precious to them in a similar way. Herrick explains to the “virgins” that you may grab on, hold on, or hang on whatever is dear to you, but you can’t control the inevitable outcome of time. Time is precious. “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,/Old Time is still a flying” (Herrick, lines 1,2). The narrator in Housman’s poem explains on how long does it take to get the full enjoyment of the blooming flowers of the cherry tree. “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” (Houseman, lines 9,12). And in the poem Spring and Fall shows that humans will go that far to care for nature as another human being. Margaret, are you grieving/Over Goldengrove unleaving?/Leaves like the things of man, you/With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?“(Hopkins, lines 1,2,3,4).
Time is precious. Humans gather their “rosebuds” and hold on what is precious to them. That could drive one to madness or despair. Time is a...

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...ir youth and live with enjoying while they still can. As one gets older, one won’t have much enjoyment and changing of responsibilities. Another contrast that marks the moments of passage is “Loveliest of Trees the Cherry Now” by Housman. Seeing the blooming flowers and counting the years, The narrator comes to terms with his fate while enjoying his time. “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.”(Houseman, lines 9,10,11,12). As a human being this all we can do, enjoy and appreciate the while our time is limited.
Humans have a connection with nature and time around them. Time is inevitable. There is no such thing as stopping or controlling time, we are forced to roll with the punches. We only human time is precious to us, it in our blood to look what matters the most.
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