Last Poems by A.E. HousmanEnglish 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.
To An Athlete Dying Young by upprevention.orgn - Poetry Reading
To an Athlete Dying Young Poetry Analysis
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?