Essay Analysis Of The Poem ' An Athlete Dying Young '

1020 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
Remembered, or Not?
(An Essay on Messages from the Poem To An Athlete Dying Young by A.E. Housman)

Every kid always wants to grow up and be that big shot and big name of the world. They want everyone to know them and they want to leave a legacy. More times than not, they want to make their name in some sport. The want to be like the Michael Jordan of basketball or the Babe Ruth of baseball. They want to be iconic to younger athletes and be remembered by these kids. They also want to break and set new records, that is one of the most monumental ways for someone to be remembered. What happens when someone breaks their record though? Are they still remembered and known as the best? That is exactly what A.E. Housman discusses in his poem To an Athlete Dying Young. He talks about a young kid that won a race, because back in the times when this poem was written all they had was races. This kid is paraded through the whole town for his victory and all, but then suddenly he dies. Is this such a bad thing for the kid? That is exactly what the author talks about. In the poem To an Athlete Dying Young by A.E. Housman, there are three major messages. One of the messages stated in the poem To an Athlete Dying Young is that people will grieve over the loss of a young kid to the extreme. Not only does this go out to an athlete that dies super young, but young kids in general. Like the author says, “Today, the road all runners come, shoulder-high we bring you home, and set you at your…

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