6. Read this poem by A. E. Housman carefully, paying attention to the arithmetic in the second stanza.

Loveliest of Trees

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough,

And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,

Twenty will not come again,

And take from seventy springs a score,

It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom

Fifty springs are little room,

About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.

a. How old is the speaker?

b. How long does he expect to live?

—Professor and poet Billy Collins’s fantasy question for the SAT redesign, to be introduced in 2015.

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