Loveliest of trees by A.E Housman


A. E Housman was a scholar and a poet. there are sixty three poems in the collection of poetry called A Shropshire Lad that  was published, with his own funds, in 1896. In the poem, "Loveliest of trees the Cherry Now" the narrator is twenty years old and sees a beautiful cherry tree while he is out for a ride. The poem explores the themes of life and death, as well as the progression of time and the temporary nature of pleasure and beauty.


At the end of the lesson, the students will be able to:

1. Know about the Poet

2. Explain the poems in their own words

3. Write the theme of the poem

4. summarize the poem


Step 1: Read the Poem

Loveliest of trees by A. E Housman 1859 - 1936 

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough,

And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide.


Now, of my threescore years and ten,

Twenty will not come again, 

And take from seventy springs a score,

It only leaves me fifty more.


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.


Step 2: Analyse the poem

Step 3: Underline and search the meaning of the unfamiliar word

Step 4: Consider the tone

Step 5: Highlight the meaning of the poem

Step 6: Identify the theme of the poem in every stanza

Step 7: Write a summary and your own understanding about the poem including an explanation





3 2 1
A - Good quality analysis and response to the poem  Provides excellent and thoughtful logical evaluation  Provides good evaluation Poor understanding 
B - Persuasive argument and understanding Response is highly persuasive  Response is mildly persuasive Response is not persuasive 
C - Grammar, Language and Creativity Essay has 0-3 or less errors in grammar, language, and creativity Essay has 4-5 errors in grammar, language, and creativity Essay has 6 or more errors in grammar, language and creativity



Reading the poetry helps students about voice, pitch, volume and inflection. Students appreciate the simple ideas through figurative and gain a deeper understanding of stories outside of their own life experience. The poem mentioned above helps us to realized and voice out our innermost thoughts, feelings and impulses , or to interpret the world around us through vivid description inventive wordplay. This poem also a great way to encourage literacy and self expression with children of all ages.


Student must watch this attach video to have an idea

Math problem in a poem