Richard Abcaria and Marvin Klotz. On the other hand, we can take the laurel as a symbol of accomplishment or fame—it is a word that signifies both a bushy plant and an honor in ancient times, heroes and scholars were crowned with wreaths made of laurel leaves. After dying young, he is again hailed by his townsmen, this time through earnest mourning. For poetry enables any poet to meditate upon and emotionally and lyrically respond to death, whether the death of a stranger, a loved one, oneself, or just the fact of death itself. The main theme of A.
The poems discuss the importance of having glory and keeping that glory as long as possible. This is a tough question because to athletes being… 660 Words 3 Pages Being an athlete myself, I understanding this idea of being on top of the world and never wanting to come down. Smart lad, to slip betimes away From fields where glory does not stay, 10 And early though the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose. This helps compare and contrast the absolute positivity of glory and victory to death and the unknown. He shows only the positive aspects of this athlete dying young and does not spend much time discussing the negative aspects. When his affection for his closest friend, Moses Jackson, was rejected, he turned again to his work and maintained their friendship. So again, the youth will be hailed, and again he will triumph.
Surely, it is sad when someone dies too soon especially when there is so much to look forward to. The poem progresses from mourning of the deceased to praising of his achievements and fate to die before his glory withered. However, in stanza 2 it shifts to a mournful mood. Poe was known for writing poems like this usually including young women who die before becoming old. This effectively shows the turning point in the poem from glory to death and fading of glory. Some lads, the narrator tells us, outlived their glory. Due to the athletes success in running he is considered important.
The poem tells the story of a young athlete, the hero of his community, whose life has been cut What Do I Read Next? Another aspect of the humans in the story that Grendel defines is their concept of a hero. He says that those athletes who live on beyond their glorious youthful days are eventually forgotten as they no longer achieve what they used to before. But the sentiment expressed in the poem is loaded with emotion, which is barely concealed by the concision of the verse. Is the speaker as controlled as his speech? Perhaps no other theme elicits such deep and varied emotions from individuals across the globe. Housman achieves this by using form and rhyme scheme, sound, and figurative languages such as metaphors and similes. By speaking in this manner throughout the poem, it feels as if he is reminiscing on the young man's life, and then reassuring him that dying young is better then dying after one's prime. By dissecting this poem line-by-line, a reader can understand the meaning Housman has behind it.
Before your looks fade, your athletic skill goes. Who was this lad to the speaker? People have different perspectives on death, but more often than not, it is viewed as an undesirable event that people wish to avoid. Rhyme is similarity of sound between words or the endings of words when used at the end of a line of poetry. The reverence with which he was remembered by everyone in his youth defeats him. In Housman's words: So set, before its echoes fade, The fleet foot on the sill of shade, And hold to the low lintel up The still-defended challenge-cup.
Just as a race has a finish, you must meet a certain road, the finish line to the race of life; that is — the road of death. First ask students to define the terms, and then fill in any gaps in their understanding. The speaker in the poem arises from perspective of the friend or personal confidant of the deceased individual that focuses on a different point of view concerning death and early tragedy. Housman is very well known for his work A Shropshire Lad, which encompasses sixty-three poems, including To an Athlete Dying Young. It was in contrast to this that the speaker said better to die at your physical peak than in you later part of life when nobody knew anything about you and never cared.
Its themes include beauty, love, fleeting youth, grief, death, and patriotism. The usage of metaphoric language, imagery, sophisticated literature, and rhyming couplets created a complex poem that obtains these subjective themes. The main theme of this poem is that champions can not be champions forever unless they die a champion. The noticeably rigid form of the villanelle, with its rhyme scheme and two refrains, helps Thomas advance his tone and emotion as he addresses the death of his father. Oxymoron Line 15: silence sounds no worse than cheers Housman uses an oxymoron to describe a silence that is more powerful than cheering crowds. Housman, Laurence, My Brother, A. Housman tries to look on the bright side of the young athlete's death, not because he actually believes there is a bright side; it's just too painful not to at least pretend there is.
In order to avoid the ignominy, it is important to quit and accept that fame does not remain forever. The poem is a mixture of the simple and the complex, of the immortal and the temporal, and of the social and the natural. For Housman, the young athlete is an object onto whom aspirations are projected. Lines 5-8 These lines vividly paint a picture of the athlete being carried high again, but this time the athlete in his own casket on the way to his grave. This lad will never wear out his honor by surviving the peak of his powers; having enjoyed simultaneous youth and accomplishment, he bows out, while the cheers still ring. To an Athlete Dying Young by A. It is not a mournful rhythm, and it grants the speaker distance from his subject matter, a tone of formal control over what is described.
It also includes commentary on the poems. An Elegy Definition: An elegy is a poem that states a poet's sadness about the death of an important person. Additional Death Poetry and Popular Culture To help students relate to poetry in a contemporary and personal way, ask students to identify songs and movies with the overarching theme of death. He also presents a theme of death that can be interpreted very differently. If we accept that Housman is also using the laurel-leaf garland as a symbol of poetry, or the poet, then we might interpret these last lines to mean that the poem itself, as a garland of words, represents the only permanence—that art alone can transcend death. They will not have to go through the pain of watching their fame disappear or whither out with time.
In these works Housman wanted the reader to think about life and the meaning of it all. The poet even speaks of other athletes who died. A sometimes biographical account of Housman and his poetry, written with personal insight by his brother. In the poem, Housman re-iterates that fame lasts only for a short while. This glory is in contrast to the nature of the world as described in the poem. The meter is also important.