Metaphors in to an athlete dying young

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Last Poems by A.E. Housman

English poet and scholar, whose verse would influence later poets, although only two slim volumes appeared during his lifetime, this being one of them. Partial Contents: Beyond the moor and mountain crest; Her strong enchantments failing; In valleys green and still; Could man be drunk for ever; The night my father got me; The sigh that heaves the grasses; Onward led the road again; and When lads were home from labour.
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A.E. Housman

To an Athlete Dying Young Poetry Analysis

We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. Housman was a poet born in who became very successful during his lifetime. They can rest in peace knowing they will be remembered at their athletic peak when they were successful and victorious. They will not have to go through the pain of watching their fame disappear or whither out with time. In this poetic masterpiece, Housman pulls together figurative language, sound devices, and structure to illustrate that glory is fleeting through a majestic poem that will be remembered for many years. Most, if not all, similes in this poem use this method. When contradictory terms are used consecutively they are called an oxymoron.

In "To an Athlete Dying Young," Housman uses shade and night as metaphors for death. Light often represents life and warmth. Night often represents the.
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by A.E. Housman

The time you won your town the race We chaired you through the market-place; Man and boy stood cheering by, And home we brought you shoulder-high. Today, the road all runners come, Shoulder-high we bring you home, And set you at your threshold down, Townsman of a stiller town. Smart lad, to slip betimes away From fields where glory does not stay, And early though the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose. Eyes the shady night has shut Cannot see the record cut, And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears. Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honours out, Runners whom renown outran And the name died before the man.

Light often represents life and warmth. Night often represents the opposite. These metaphors help the speaker present the athlete's death in a gentler way, softening the emotional blow. That A. All rights reserved. Line "Shady night," has "shut" the athlete's eyes. This sounds a lot nicer, a lot gentler, than a terrible grain silo accident has killed the young athlete , right?

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  1. In A.E. Housman's poem "To an Athlete Dying Young," the poet uses the metaphor of the runner, an athlete, to represent all those who have died young while.

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