What is summary of loveliest trees by t.s. eliot ?Are you thinking A.E. Housman? editor

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I'm thinking you are referring to A.E Housman's short, but oh so sweet poem, The Loveliest of Trees, as I'm not familiar with a poem entitled "Loveliest Trees" by Eliot. And, as you have not yet received a response from another editor who may be more widely read, I'm going to go with  my assumption and give you a summary of Housman's poem: The Loveliest of Trees.

The poem consists of three stanzas,  from the point of view of a young man of twenty as he takes a spring ride through the woods admiring the beauty of the cherry blossoms "wearing white for Eastertide." We know that he is a young man as he shares "twenty will not come again" or twenty spring seasons have past, and only fifty more opportunities to admire this seasonal  beauty of nature remain to him. He shares the fact that of his "three score years and ten", alluding to the biblical claim of a 70 year lifespan, "only leaves [him] fifty more."

The poem's strength comes from its universal theme: life is temporal and its beauty must be savored. The speaker is awed by the beauty of nature, the symbol of spring and new beginnings found in the very temporary cherry blossoms. Yes, the speaker is at the end of his own "spring" in the seasons of life, conscious of his own fleeting years, and is well aware of the upcoming seasons of summer, fall, and his final winter. However, this poem is upbeat and promising, as he savors not only the present but the future "blossoms" of his life.