Introduction

Richard Henry Stoddard, a poet, believes that youth is the finest part of a person’s life and conveys it in his poem “It Never Comes Again.” It is the most exciting stage of life. It enlivens one’s dreams. Making the most of one’s youth is important since when it’s gone, a lot of one’s strength goes too.

About The Poet

Poet and critic Richard Henry Stoddard lived in America from 1825 until 1903. His songs have earned him a prominent and enduring position among American lyric poets. His poetry is real, creative, and distinguished by exquisite imagination and felicity of form.

Theme Of The Poem

The poet views youth as the most ideal time in a person’s life in this poetry. It infuses life with energy and passion. It is the  best phase of one’s life span. Once lost, it never returns. Therefore, one should enjoy their youth since as we age, our energy fades away.

Stanza 1:

There are gains for all our losses,
There are balms for all our pain,
But when youth, the dream, departs,
It takes something from our hearts,
And it never comes again.

In this verse, the poet discusses youth. He claims that while youth has a lot to offer, when it is gone, we also lose a lot. All of our aches have a cure, but not the passing of time. According to the poet, it takes something from our hearts as it leaves. That is something we can never get back.

Stanza 2:

We are stronger, and are better,
Under manhood’s sterner reign;
Still we feel that something sweet
Followed youth, with flying feet,
And will never come again
.

The poet states that we are all healthier and stronger while we are young, in this verse. Everything is pleasant and beautiful. The best time in one’s life is when they are young. It feels dreamlike. However, it is unstoppable and departs with flying feet.

Stanza 3

Something beautiful is vanished,
And we sigh for it in vain;
We behold it everywhere,
On the earth, and in the air,
But it never comes again
.

We look everywhere on earth and in the skies for youth when it departs. We yearn for it, but once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Then, we can see how lovely it was and now it has faded.