Analysis Of To An Athlete Dying Young — страница 2
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time you won your town the race (ll. 1, 11-12). Housman s simple diction, lyric beauty and gentle ironic pessimism are what complete this literary piece. Housman is negative by saying that only by dying young, can one die with honor Now you will not swell the rout of lads that wore their honours out (ll. 17-18). If one dies old, he may have worn their honors out. Housman believes that men are too easily satisfied and ride their few accomplishments for all they are worth and eventually suck the honor dry. The poem is easily understood and paints a vivid picture in the mind of the beholder through the simple diction and lyric beauty. The image burned into the eyes of the reader is that of a hero being paraded down the streets, remembered for his great deeds and accomplishments. The time you won your town the race we chaired you through the market-place; Man and boy stood cheering by Set you at your threshold Fields where glory does not stay Early though the laurel grows it wither quicker than the rose Eyes the shady night has shut Silence sounds no worse than cheers Fleet foot on the sill of shade Find unwithered on its curls, the garland briefer than a girl s (ll. 1-3, 10-13, 15, 21, 27-28). One can not just stand in awe at the incredible picture painted by this great artist. With use of simple diction and a present rhyme scheme the images that can be painted in a poem are powerful and appreciated. Housman is a truly exceptional poet. His purpose is to instill a sense of emotion, be it happy or sad, fear or love. He applies his simple diction as a tool to reach all people, not just the educated. His purpose and images are clear and so are his poems.