Edward Thomas

(3 March 1878 - 9 April 1917 / London / England)

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The Cherry Trees


The cherry trees bend over and are shedding,
On the old road where all that passed are dead,
Their petals, strewing the grass as for a wedding
This early May morn when there is none to wed.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Edited: Monday, June 06, 2011

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  • Noctiluca Scintillans (8/25/2013 7:04:00 AM)

    a very awakening idea to get to know, human being
    unlike others are blessed
    with the ability to change and
    adapt
    unlike the cherry trees which shed petals
    though none wed (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (8/25/2012 10:15:00 PM)

    A cherry tree is an object representing Nature's Beauty n Bounty, frequently used in literature as a symbol esp in naturalism. The gargantuan cherry orchard of Chekov comes to mind! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (8/25/2012 3:21:00 AM)

    Beautifully desolate.... fills ones mind with visions of beauty and ones stomach with twinges of remorse and pain....lovely lovely lovely (Report) Reply

  • Tony Walton (8/25/2012 3:12:00 AM)

    This poem calls to mind A.E.Housman's 'Loveliest of trees, the cherry now / Is hung with bloom along the bough', from 'A Shropshire Lad'.
    If you like Edward Thomas, as I do, read my poem ROADS TO FRANCE. Like Wilfred Owen, he was killed on the Western Front in the First World War. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/25/2011 2:30:00 AM)

    Pathetic situation of Cheery Tree is effectively said in this brief poem very well! (Report) Reply

  • Maria Barbara Korynt (9/23/2009 10:05:00 AM)

    Beautiful, unusually image. It is touching living and passing in the delicate and subtle way... this poem sie feels... Very much I like the way of depicting and the ability of handing it over for the reader, in the economical, aesthetic and interesting way. I like it very much. Maria Barbara Korynt (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (8/25/2009 10:14:00 AM)

    Don't take it so literally! The old road is still a road, and most certainly will be a road once more trod by passersby like the speaker, who is alive and wants to share the beauty of cherry trees shedding their petals. 'No one alive has used it' is a misreading of the poet's intent, I think. Perhaps the wedding is scheduled for next Saturday, don't you see, or two weeks from now? The road is everlasting, as is the nature of men and women to renew old vows each spring. Rejoice, the speaker says, all is well and will be well! (Report) Reply

  • Ravi A (8/25/2009 8:50:00 AM)

    I can really read the mind of the poet but just can't express it in so many words. I am reminded of a couplet that runs like this: -
    'The river will continue to flow
    The cool winds will visit the dales once again'. May god bless the poet. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/25/2009 5:29:00 AM)

    A melancholy poem inspired by the irony of Spring insisting even in a road that has been in disuse for so long that no one alive has used it. Perhaps it says that the fate for each, and perhaps all, of us is to leave our roads to the indifferent cycle of nature. (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (11/29/2008 8:56:00 AM)

    A sad picture which would no doubt be played out in many many small villages under many more cherry trees - and how brilliantly we are led to mourn with this s mall but powerful knell of a piece....... (Report) Reply

  • Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (8/25/2007 2:57:00 PM)

    To convict morality versus anarchy isn't as critical as someone would underline...but to add innocence next to decay....aahhhhh, superior, the spirit of equilibrium, the departed may rest at ease, without the battle torture on their minds.Utter brilliance by mr Thomas. (Report) Reply

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