To an athlete dying young meter

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to an athlete dying young meter

The Collected Poems by A.E. Housman

One of my favorites:


How clear, how lovely bright
How beautiful to sight
Those beams of morning play;
How heaven laughs out with glee
Where, like a bird set free,
Up from the eastern sea
Soars the delightful day.

To-day I shall be strong,
No more shall yield to wrong,
Shall squander life no more;
Days lost, I know not how,
I shall retrieve them now;
Now I shall keep the vow
I never kept before.

Ensanguining the skies
How heavily it dies
Into the west away;
Past touch and sight and sound
Not further to be found
How hopeless underground
Falls the remorseful day.
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"To An Athlete Dying Young"emergencysurvival.infon (poetry reading)

With all that rhyming and those repeated four line stanzas , you probably could tell "To an Athlete Dying Young" was following some kind of form and meter , even if you couldn't name it. Never fear, though, gang. Shmoop is here to help you put a label on those nondescript form-feelings.
A.E. Housman

To an Athlete Dying Young

We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. Housman makes a quite different approach on death. People have different perspectives on death, but more often than not, it is viewed as an undesirable event that people wish to avoid. The speaker in the poem, however, praises a young and famous athlete for dying before he became old and forgotten. This can be interpreted two very different ways. One can assume Housman believes that the only way for athletes to capture the glory is to die when at the peak of their careers. On the other hand, the poem can simply be considered as elegy which mourns the premature death while also praising the youth lived to the fullest.

With all that rhyming and those repeated four line stanzas, you probably could tell "To an Athlete Dying Young" was following some kind of form and meter, even.
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"To An Athlete Dying Young" by A E Housman (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

Type of Work. Because it praises an athlete who died young, the poem may be further classifed as an elegy. Publication Information. The poem is set in a town and cemetery in nineteenth-century England during the funeral and burial of a young athlete, a runner. Athlete : Running champion who died at the the peak of his athletic ability after becoming a champion.


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