"To an Athlete Dying Young" Essay

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Being an athlete myself, I understanding this idea of being on top of the world and never wanting to come down. In this A.E. Housman poem this theme is taken to its full extent. Never coming down and losing your fame is death in “To an Athlete Dying Young”. Not ever letting anyone forget who the true champion is and now was. The main theme of this poem is that champions can not be champions forever unless they die a champion. In today’s world, champions are praised for winning. They could be an Olympic champion or a member of a state championship team. People come together and praise their hard work, and ability to win. Housman brings the idea of the community coming together and “cheering by” (line 4). This win is not just the athletes …show more content…
It was a feeling like I had accomplished everything I have ever wanted to do and some more. In the second stanza the athlete is now deceased. He is being taken to the grave were the athlete shall be buried. Still the young athlete is carried “shoulder-high” (line 6) representing that he is still on top. When my team lost in the regional finals my heart dropped, I went from being the happiest I had ever been to having my shirt over my face covering the pain in each tear. This champion died while he was the happiest he had ever been. The runner had no regrets or sorrow. He died before he could face the downfall. A.E. Housman in this poem believes that the smartest move this champion could have made was to die when he did, because the young athlete will never be forgotten as a champion. He will live on as an eternal champion. Next year when I go to watch the soccer team play it will be one of the hardest challenges I will face. I will feel like I should still be playing, making the crowd cheer. St. Johns soccer will be the highlight of my life, and I feel that I should be able to play as a Titan forever. In the fourth stanza of the poem it speaks about the athlete and how he will not have to watch his records being broken or his fame taken. In my case not being able play for St Johns when I wish I could. This is true because the athlete died so he will always be on top. The athlete will not have to
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