The poem is a tribute by Oliver Wendel Holmes to Major Thomas Melville who was one of the " Indians " of the famous boston tea party. Holmes used the metaphor " the last leaf ", to show how Melville was sill alive and proud in s time past his own. It is his tribute of respect to the old man. The last lines of the poem show that Holmes himself would want to be remembered much the same if he ever reached an age where he could be considered " the last leaf " on the tree in spring.
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