To An Athlete Dying Young

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Remembering Ones Youth Throughout the poem “To an Athlete Dying Young” tones of remembrance and courage are shown as the narrator expresses his theory that to be lost is the best way to be rejoiced. Feeling the success and congratulations of a momentary triumph is like receiving a sample of a unique flavor that you would like to savor, but are only allowed a quick taste. While a life of gratitude and honor will give one full satisfaction. The detail of this poem serves a purpose in explaining that the average human loses sight of exciting accomplishments as they look for new and invigorating events every day. On the other hand when a devastating occurrence comes about, people feel the need to morn and give their condolences. Throughout the poem we see that Housman quickly jumps from the life of the runner to his death. Although he is consistent about the runner being “smart” to choose death while he can still be remembered and admired, he always keeps the feeling of life and hope around. For example, Housman states “and early through the laurel grows”. During the Greek time laurel was a wreath formed from large glossy leaves that were form fitted for a champions head. Even after the runner’s death the laurel still symbolically grew. The townspeople then embraced the runner’s victory even more; cherishing and in turn holding onto his spirit for all eternity as he would over time become legendary. The particular choice of diction that the poet tends to use emphasizes how pristine moments of glee and glory, that come from achieving one‘s goals, unfortunately end quickly. As a victory is celebrated, the celebration “withers quicker than the rose” it “does not stay” as the jubilant “echo’s fade”. As long as the victor is still alive to commend and praise, there oddly is no reason to continually remind them of their achievements. If an important person were to

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