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  • Athlete's Glory
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    Dying young is thought to be one of the most tragic of circumstances. The thoughts of lives wasted, dreams unattained, memories never conceived. It is sad fate uncontrollable by any earthly being. Most people desire to live to a ripe old age as to take full advantage of their time on earth, to experience as much as they can, and would be aghast to have premature death be viewed in a positive light. Yet this thought is the driving force behind "To an Athlete Dying Young" by A.E. Housman. Housman,...
  • Dead Man
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    Shropshire: A Place of Imagined Sexual Contentment Published in 1869, A.E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad stands as one of the most socially acclaimed collections of English poetry from the Victorian age. This period in British history, however, proves, by judiciary focus (the Criminal Law Amendment of 1885), to be conflictive with Housman's own internal conflicts concerning the homoerotic tendencies which he discovered in his admiration of fellow Oxford student Moses Jackson. Housman, much unlike o...
  • Athlete's Victory In A Town Race
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    A.E. Housman's poem, "To an Athlete Dying Young", reflects the life of a young athlete's victory not only in a small town race, but also a victory in his death. Housman uses short and choppy words to express his ideas. The simplicity of this poem is the best quality the poem possesses. A good example of the poem's simplicity is the fact that barely any words contain more than two syllables. The reader must carefully analyze the poem in order to realize the poem's true meaning. Even though Housma...
  • Parallel Between Housman And Christ
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    A.E. Housman's Attack Of The Crucificxion InA.E. Housman's Attack Of The Crucificxion In "The Carpenter's Son' English 190-19 Housman's Attack of the Crucifixion Much symbolism and imagery exists in Alfred Edward Housman's famous collections of poems. This prominent poet's reflections of historically important occurrences are filled with implicit meanings. A Shropshire Lad, first published in 1896, was Housman's first compilation of poetry. In his forty-seventh poem of this famous collection, Th...
  • Housman's To An Athlete Dying Young
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    To An Athlete Dying Young 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. To-day, 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, ...
  • Housmans Poem On Death
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    Housman's "To An Athlete Dying Young' Essay, Housman's "To An Athlete Dying Young' Housman's "To An Athlete Dying Young' John S. Ward Dr. Larry Brunner A.E. Housman's "To an Athlete Dying Young,' also known as Lyric XIX in A Shropshire Lad, holds as its main theme the premature death of a young athlete as told from the point of view of a friend serving as pall bearer. The poem reveals the concept that those dying at the peak of their glory or youth are really quite lucky. The first few readings ...

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