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In Reference to Joseph’s Post;

I think “Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now” really speaks to different parts of different people. There could be the proud person, not worried about their own future, who reads the poem and is hit with a sudden realization that life is certainly fleeting and is disturbed by this fact, changing their outlook on their future forever. There could be someone sort of like me, who reads the poem and is affirmed by the message that our time here is short, that we have very little time to do what we want, or all of what we want. There are the people in between who may not be affected by the poem at all; they may scoff at it, criticizing the poet for making such a big deal out of the future and how much time is left when perhaps they believe the present should be focused on, instead. There are so many different ways that people look at this poem and decide, internally, how they are going to let it affect them. After just reading the poem for the nth time, I realized that I see it in a different light than the first time I read it – this time, more as taking this moment and making the most of it since there is little time to take it in, rather than just worrying about the little time that is left (“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.”). So then, it is clear that even over a short amount of time, people change, and along with that change comes a difference in viewpoint. This is the same change that Housman goes through in his poem – his age changes his viewpoint, shown by his realization that he needs to take everything and appreciate it tenfold.