Guess what, Shmoopers: we're all going to die. No, seriously. Not to bum you out, or anything, of course. Hopkins's "Spring and Fall" is about the moment in a child's life when she or he realizes that childhood isn't permanent and that everyone has to die someday. It's common to everyone. At least we're all in this together, right?
*Cough, cough. By describing it as a "blight" (14), Hopkins is suggesting that human mortality is a fatal illness.
The dying leaves of the trees in "Goldengrove" represent the countless human deaths occurring all the time. Major bummer.