Essay on to an athlete dying young

967 Words Mar 4th, 2014 4 Pages
Almost everyone has fears, whether it is growing up, or even a simple circus clown. For others, their fears might be as common as public speaking, failing a test, or not achieving a specific job. There is only one fear, which no matter how hard society tries is unavoidable: dying young. However, Housman explores the idea that dying young is not always negative. In A. E. Housman’s poem, “To An Athlete Dying Young,” he addresses this very common, fear in human nature. The unescapable outcome of death, as a fear, is due to human nature, with every single person wanting to live the longest most successful life, they can, but in the end never avoiding death.. Housman, unlike the majority of people, embraces dying young in a positive …show more content…
This line sends imagery of the athlete being carried shoulder high for celebration, or how someone is carried in a coffin shoulder high to the cemetery. Housman use of alliterations shows how people will honor one’s death more than mourn. This helps overcome the human nature fear of dying and being forgotten after. Housman puts one’s mind at ease that people will remember one’s achievements and never forgets the person who did pass away. Moreover, by discussing the humanistic fear of dying young, Housman addresses the athlete’s young death as more a positive benefit. Even though, the common person views dying at a young age as a mournful event, Housman addresses, the beneficial aspects of the athlete’s young death. In this line “Cannot see the record cut,” (14) Housman conveys the idea that the athlete will never have to face the agonizing pain of seeing his own records being defeated by another athlete. In addition, an athlete’s ultimate goal is to achieve to the best of their abilities, dying young prevents one from watching their own abilities fade away due to growing older, or due to an injury acquired playing their sport. Housman in the poem is able to avoid the negative effects, which is commonly associated in human nature after a person dies young. Every athlete or person has to die at some point. Housman’s poem expresses that dying young and at the most successful peak of one’s career, is best because, it prevents

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