Loveliest Of Trees By Edwin Denby, And William Blake

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Dark, cold, lonely, merciless, those are just mere descriptions of him. “Him,” the black shadow, the one who follows individuals waiting for the perfect time to snatch them away. His presence, even the mentioning of his name, is always threatening. He radiates fear to the individuals he hunts. He oversees age, personality. He does not distinguish. He does not care. Does he feel lonely? What is his necessity to take individuals with him for the rest of eternity? This black shadow known as death, roams night and day. He roams without any rest. A. E. Housman, Edwin Denby, and William Blake each have a different perspective towards death. Housman talks about death as an impatient being, Denby describes it as something that fights against us,…show more content…
The narrator already knows that death is impatient and wants to take him as soon as possible. In the poem the narrator states that death only gives him 50 more years which, to him, it’s not enough time to keep admiring the loveliest of trees. Written in 1896, the theme in the poem “Loveliest of Trees” by A. E. Housman was derived from the late 1890s and continued to be famous throughout World War I. Alfred Edward Housman, or A. E. Housman, is know as a poet that has created poems with a simple Romantic pessimism style. As a whole the tragic poem talks about death and the short time that it is lived in this world. “While "Loveliest of Trees" isn't really Housman's most tragic poem, it's still a poem about death” (Shmoop Editorial Team). During the late 1890s two of the deadliest wars were taking place. The Second Boer War between Britain and South Africa and World War I between the Allies and the Central Powers. Since many young men were dying during both of these battles A. E. Housman was able to write a poem with the theme of death. Due to the theme being about death, the poem became a very hot topic due to the people experiencing many deaths of young men during both of these wars. The poem was able to let the populace reflect how life is short and there is not enough time left before each one of us. In reference to the previous poem, the theme for “I had heard it’s

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