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Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote of the Fountain of Youth that he saw in his minds eye This poem is idealized because growing old is something no one can stop It comes with time yet it brings with it wisdom This poem has many images that give a well-painted picture The tone of the poem is eternal life and how everyone is searching for it and for youth The images in this poem are very vivid and lively Here dwells eternal spring and Here every leaf is in bud paints the picture of a beautiful garden where nothing dies and everything is always in bloom Even the moon is young Shines the young crescent moon Each singing throat in tune means everything is happy and every one who can sing is singing The air is fragrant with all the blooming flowers the wind their perfume bring What wonder age forgets his staff and lays his glasses down and gray-haired grandsires look and laugh as when their locks were brown here the writer is telling what would happen if a person found his lost youth in the fountain The Judge the Doctor the Squire are Jack Bill and Joe This means that as men they were a judge a doctor and a squire but now they are only Jack Bill and Joe and are again children So they have lost what growing up means and are now nothing but schoolboys with nothing to do but play After they have obtained their youth again they play about even though they still look like a grown man in spite of manhoods claim Yet the poem proposes a question And what is all the man has done to what the boy may do This means that the man will find more things to do with his youth than he did when he had it first because he now has his wisdom that he didnt have as a child The
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