Every piece of literature shares similarities and differences. “When I Was One-And-Twenty” by A. E. Housman and “The Last leaf” by O. Henry have similarities and differences. They both express similarity because of use a common theme based on youth, and how they are inexperienced in life and unhopeful. There is a difference between the two works because of the different literature elements including setting and rhyme schemes.
Whether reading short stories or a poem, there is always a story to be found within. “When I Was One-and-Twenty” and “The Last Leaf” are similar because they have a common theme based on youth and how they are inexperienced and unhopeful in their life. In the poem “And I am two-and-twenty, And oh, ‘tis true, ‘tis true. The speaker realized the advice from an old man was true. It also shows how youths are hopeless in their life when he ignores old man’s advice.
In the story “The Last Leaf” Joanna said to her sick sister “Ah, darling, it’s Behrman’s masterpiece — he painted it there the night that the last leaf fell. ” This quote shows how youth are hopeless in her life because she thinks her life is based on leafs, and when each leaf fall they are close to death. While “The Last Leaf” and “When I Was One-And-Twenty” have similarities, they are also very different. All literature is written differently and therefore interpreted differently.
The Last Leaf” and “When I Was One-And-Twenty” are different because they use different literary elements. “Give crowns and pounds and guineas, but not your heart away; gives pearls away and rubies. ” In the poem shows how speaker uses rhyme to attract the reader. It is also interesting to make a reader think and feel about the poem. “In a little district west of Washington square the streets have run crazy. ” In the story narrator used setting to show how mood of the story is and how the situation is going on in the story.
If short story or poem writhen differently but there is message within. While these two pieces share the same theme, but they are different forms of writing. They both use narrator and speaker to interpret story. They both give a message to a reader and interpret their experience or event. Youths are not always wrong, but human can make mistake because they are inexperienced. And when youth suffers, the future suffers.