Spring or Winter

Housman, A.E.
January 2005
Literary Cavalcade;Jan2005, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p34
This article analyses the poem of poet Alfred Edward Housman as interpreted by an 18 year old teenager Alice Hlidkova. In the poem "Loveliest of Trees," cherries are a reference to rebirth as part of the life cycle. Snow represents death, and the cycle of the cherry tree is a reference to the human life cycle. A cherry like a young person is pure, innocent, and beautiful. With time, it matures into a ripe fruit, and then falls off the branch to start a new life. Even when the speaker in the poem passes away, the life cycle of the woodlands will continue.


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