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The Last Leaf Analysis



Author: Poetry of Oliver Wendell Holmes Type: Poetry Views: 1103



I saw him once before,
As he passed by the door,
And again
The pavement stones resound,
As he totters o'er the ground
With his cane.

They say that in his prime,
Ere the pruning-knife of Time
Cut him down,
Not a better man was found
By the Crier on his round
Through the town.

But now he walks the streets,
And he looks at all he meets
Sad and wan,
And he shakes his feeble head,
That it seems as if he said,
"They are gone!"

The mossy marbles rest
On the lips that he has prest
In their bloom,
And the names he loved to hear
Have been carved for many a year
On the tomb.

My grandmamma has said--
Poor old lady, she is dead
Long ago--
That he had a Roman nose,
And his cheek was like a rose
In the snow;

But now his nose is thin,
And it rests upon his chin
Like a staff,
And a crook is in his back,
And a melancholy crack
In his laugh.

I know it is a sin
For me to sit and grin
At him here;
But the old three-cornered hat,
And the breeches, and all that,
Are so queer!

And if I should live to be
The last leaf upon the tree
In the spring,
Let them smile, as I do now,
At the old forsaken bough
Where I cling.

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| Posted on 2012-02-06 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2011-02-14 | by a guest


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The last leaf is about an old man that already lose his friends \'cause their time had already came and that man was left like the last leaf on the tree.And Oliver Wendell Holmes compares himself to that man.If he will be like him,he want to see the other smiling than to be alone and left behind.

| Posted on 2010-11-14 | by a guest


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This poem is about a man who walks through life alone. He is the last of his kind because he has outlived his generation. He stands out because he wears the same clothes that were in style when he was younger. The author \"sits and grins\" because this man is out of place, but he also portrays a good deal of respect for the man, speaking about what he had once been. The author concludes by saying that if he were to be the \"last leaf upon the tree,
In the spring,
Let them smile, as I do now,\"

| Posted on 2010-11-10 | by a guest


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Major Thomas Melvill, an honored survivor of the Boston Tea Party who refused to change the style of his clothing or manners to fit the times, was depicted in Oliver Wendell Holmes's poem "The Last Leaf".
Hre also happens to have been herman Melvill(e)s x

| Posted on 2010-07-04 | by a guest


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The poem is about one Major Thomas Melville, who was one of the "indians" of the famous Boston Tea Party. Holmes uses "the last leaf" metaphor to show how Melville was still alive and proud in a time much past his own. I also think it is a tribute of respect to the old man. Holmes' last lines show that Holmes himself would want to be remembered much the same way if he ever reached an age where he could be considered "the last leaf / in Spring"...

| Posted on 2010-05-17 | by a guest


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ahh ok i think that's it..
the poem signifies the importance of the elders: giving care, love, and support to them.

| Posted on 2010-01-25 | by a guest


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I think the author is saying that the man in the poem is the last leaf on his family tree. And he doesn't have many other loved ones left.
-riley

| Posted on 2009-11-05 | by a guest


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some of his friends are already dead and he is the only one who is alive.
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| Posted on 2009-01-29 | by a guest


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Oliver Wendell Holmes uses this older man as a relic of the season. He has held on to be the last of this generation that have all fallen before him, but he still holds stubbornly to life like the "last leaf" on a tree in spring time. He is out of place; a withered discolored leaf among thriving new buds.

Similies used ny Holmes are:
A.) The man's cheek was like a "rose in the snow" this could mean threee things.
1.)Roses are red amd signify passion. This would be the passion of youth in contrast to the show. Snow being the current wan(pale)demeanor of the old man.
2.) It could represent the nature of youth. It will fade. A rose set in the snow can do nothing but wither away.
3.) OR on a different tangent, the one I lean toward, it could be a symbol of perseverance. This man shouldn't still be here, much like a rose should not sitll be thriving in the snow.
B.) The man's nose is "like a staff"
1.)This is a reflection on his WHOLE self through just his nose.
2.)Staff brings to mind cane. Cane transcends to instability and weakness. In the case a the staff instability in walking, but symbolically it is just weak in a general form. Men lean on staffs to help them stand.

Metaphors used:
A.)Time is a prunning knife. It cuts away selectively, choosing what to shape and what not to. I preffer carving knife. Prunning is like fine tuning to yield a more prolific outcome. Carving is slowly whittling away, such is life.
B.)The man is the "Last leaf in the spring".. Every one else has already past. The man is faded and weak, but still hangs on (why I like the third interpretation of the rose in snow similie the most).

The old man's stubborn battle to cling to the tree is an inspiration to the speaker to cling to the tree and aspire to someday be that "last leaf in the spring".

| Posted on 2005-12-07 | by Approved Guest




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