A Brief Note On Housman 's Poem, An Elegy And As A Dramatic Monologue

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1. When you read this poem what sorts of sounds to you hear?
- When I read it, I hear like music. I feel a sound like a person is running fast and then slows. Like a strong run followed by a smoother one.
2. It is strange that this poem addresses a “you”? Is this “you” the audience? Or, do you think the speaker’s audience is wider? If the audience is wider, who is the audience or reader?
- I think that the speaker is referring to all of us in general. The audience is every person who has achieved something gigantic in his life. The feeling that he has earned that prize is the acknowledgement that they get. I think that is better to die and leave ours achievements behind, so that other people can come and achieve theirs, instead of steeling achievements of the people who have die.
3. Scholars often refer to Housman’s poem in two ways, as an elegy and as a dramatic monologue. How would you describe the poem? (Elegy: a poem of lament or somber reflection. Dramatic Monologue: poem where the speaker assumes a character, revealed in speech, in relation to a significant event)
- I think that this poem is a dramatic monologue. Because instead of putting himself as a poem he put himself as a athlete. He is really talking about him and his integrity as a poet. He thought that a younger poet will take his place and stole everything that he has made, and be more successful than him.
4. Although the poem focuses on death, some people think that the poem is, ultimately, “upbeat and…

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