Loveliest Of Trees Rhetorical Devices

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In the young and carefree, time has no affect on the mind of the child; however, at a certain age, one will realize that life is too short and that opportunities should be taken advantage of. A.E. Housman's "Loveliest of Trees” teaches this life-changing lesson. With rhetorical devices, word choices, and end rhymes embedded in this poem, Housman is able to successfully communicate in his poem that life is short and a person should live his/her life full of his/her favorite sights. In the first stanza, the speaker describes a beautiful and serene scene that he is enjoying while taking a walk through the forest. The speaker starts the first stanza with “Loveliest of trees, the cherry now” (1) while taking a walk. This is an appositive that explains that the loveliest tree in the green land area is the cherry tree. The words…show more content…
When the speaker says, “Fifty springs are little too room”, (8) the writing gives a tone and a sense of hurriedness to the reader. “About the woodlands I go/To see the cherry hung with snow” (7-8). These two lines are parallel to the first stanza. The speaker is declaring that he will go both in the spring and in the winter. The fact that the speaker is seeing the cherry trees more often helps Housman’s idea that a person should see his/her favorite items more than once in the short amount of time left. Housman’s “Loveliest of trees” poem consists of three four-line stanzas with the rhyme scheme AABB CCDD EEFF. The end rhymes used in the poem help set a tone for each line. Rhyme scheme helps Houseman’s point by connecting the two sentences in each couplet. In this poem “Loveliest of trees” written by A.E. Housman, the poem’s theme is that life is shorter than one thinks, and that life should be taken control of. Housman employs rhetorical devices and interesting words to set the mood of his captivating

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