The Death Of An Athlete Dying Young Essay

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Glory is fleeting. This expression means no matter how popular or famous someone gets, their fame and glory do not last. According to A. E. Housman’s, “To an Athlete Dying Young”, he illustrates how precious life is and how people tend to remember public figures of great promise that dies young. Housman’s “To an Athlete Dying Young” uses metaphor throughout the entire poem to illustrate the Athlete’s glory and his view on death. The poem reveals the concept of dying at the peak of their glory, lives forever in the minds of people who remember the athlete at their prime time. Athletes during their prime time are usually faster, energetic, and spontaneous. Hence, people will recognize the Athlete’s fame and glory. But life in later years is unexcited and tiresome. Therefore, Housman honors the young athlete for dying before his glory fades. Housman’s idea in this poem that glory is preserve only in death. This is unusual, because people also remember important men and women who lived well beyond middle age. For instance, in 1564 Michelangelo Buonarroti was a famous Renaissance artist and sculptor. In 1901, Queen Victoria was a Queen of the British Empire. Lastly, in 1973 Pablo Picasso was an influential artist. These public figures are great examples of both men and women who lived well and did not die young. But long-lasting fame depend more on accomplishments than dying before the glory fades. In the first stanza of the poem, illustrates the mood and setting of the…

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