Historical Context in Loveliest of Trees
A.E. Housman was a Latin and Classics professor who published only two collections of poetry. His poems often centered around time and the inevitability of death. The speaker uses multiple Christian allusions. However, in his musings about death, the speaker does not contemplate a Christian heaven or afterlife. Rather, he focuses on the present moment which gives rise to the carpe diem theme of the poem. Housman’s poetry was an extension of the Romantic movement in England in the early nineteenth century, focusing on nature and the transcendence of it.