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Abrotion Essay

  • Submitted by: loveufaz
  • on November 24, 2012
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 288 words

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This poem is a part of Housman’s most famous volume of work called A Shropshire Lad. In these works Housman wanted the reader to think about life and the meaning of it all. In one of Housman’s most celebrated poems “To an Athlete Dying Young”, Critics dissect the themes of staying on top eternally, dying when one is a champion, and not letting the fame fade. Critic Scott-Kilvert says that Housman “voices the familiar passions of humanity with a death dealing sweetness” (Scott-Kilvert 628) This poem may be considered an elegy, or a piece of Romance literature. It has seven quatrains of rhymed iambic tetrameter, and each line containing eight syllables. The even numbered syllables are stressed, and the first, second, third, and fourth lines rhyme on the final syllable (Magil 3,889). The setting of the poem is in a town. The setting switches to a cemetery where the athlete is buried. The narrator of this poem is Housman who takes the persona of a resident of the town in which the athlete lived. The main character in this poem is the athlete who is a running champion but died at his pe...

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...second meaning then Bruce would say “What death takes away is not simply a hero but the joys and sorrows of life” (Meyer237).In thissecond definition the reward of lifemaybegreaterthan the fame earned. “To an Athlete Dying Young” shows the reader different concepts on life. Fame will fade as life continues, so in order to preserve fame one must face death. The viewson thispoem rangefrom right to left but they allcomebackto thesame major idea. That if one wants to be a champion eternally; one must die a champion for eternity.

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  • Submitted by: loveufaz
  • on November 24, 2012
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 288 words
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