Loveliest of Trees, The
Cherry Now (A. E. Housman)
Short Questions & Answers.
Q 1: What time of the year mentioned in the first stanza?
Ans: The time mentioned in the first stanza is “Easter tide”. It is spring (Loveliest of Trees, The
Q2: How cherry has been personified?
Ans: It has been personified. It is wearing white dress. It has just got ready to celebrate Easter.
Q3: What is Easter?
Ans: It is Christian holy day. The Christian remember the death of Christ and his return to life.
Q4: Why does the poet believe that he would live seventy years?
Ans: In Christian, the average age life of man is seventy years. The poet hopes to live this period
Q5: What is the theme of the poem, “Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now”?
Ans: The poet says that man’s life is too short to enjoy the beauties of nature. Here cherry for
the beauty nature. The poet wants to go to the woods to enjoy the beauty of nature in the
short span of his life.
Q6: What does the poet mean by “of my three score years and ten”?
Ans: According to the Bible, a man lives about seventy years in this world. The poet is referring
to this age of him. Three score and ten years mean seventy years.
Q7: Why does the poet call cherry the loveliest of trees?
Ans: The cherry is in full bloom. It is covered with white flowers. It seems to be dressed up for
Easter. As it looks very beautiful, the poet calls it the loveliest of trees.