That is very effective for this poem because the athlete lived a short choppy life, yet, be it for only a moment, he lived elaborately. William Shakespeare closely tangles the play so every character and event plays an important role in the. The middle of the poem is explaining the loss of glory and the fading of his success The end finally comes with the death of the athlete Do you believe this method is an effective way to tell this story? In this poetic masterpiece, Housman pulls together figurative language, sound devices, and structure to illustrate that glory is fleeting through a majestic poem that will be remembered for many years. It has been said that the soldiers were ill prepared with respect to poor training and physically unprepared for the new environments. Eyes the shady night has shut Cannot see the record cut, And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears: Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honours out, Runners whom renown outran And the name died before the man. On the other hand, the poem can simply be considered as elegy which mourns the premature death while also praising the youth lived to the fullest.
And the name died before the man. I someone has made a name for themselves they are famous. In these works Housman wanted the reader to think about life and the meaning of it all. The triumph of the youth's winning of a race is matched by the ironic triumph of his death. Though it was Macbeth that commits the murder I will evaluate if he is solely responsible.
This is how it once was, and now this is how it is and how it will be. However, it seems that the poet is realizing that the athlete is gone and is just reminiscing his memories of him the athlete. The speaker of this poem takes the form of one of the deceased's friends. The theme is mortality and natural transitions throughout life. They can rest in peace knowing they will be remembered at their athletic peak when they were successful and victorious. He died at his peak when he was respected and well known. In other words, the athlete will never have to see his records broken or see himself outdone by anybody else.
In this way, the person can live forever in the minds of people who remember him at the the peak of his powers. This metaphor is fitting since the branches of a laurel were traditionally used to crown an athlete long ago in countries such as Greece and Italy. The speaker in the poem, however, praises a young and famous athlete for dying before he became old and forgotten. Housman had a personal fondness for athletes: it was a young athlete, named Moses Jackson, who was the love of his life. The first stanza of the poem starts off in a happy mood.
One can assume Housman believes that the only way for athletes to capture the glory is to die when at the peak of their careers. The poet uses imagery, personification, and speaker to develop the theme. Hamlet and Laertes were both in their prime as they were in university gaining higher knowledge and nearing the peak of their performance when they both died. Before your looks fade, your athletic skill goes. Some of them are unedited while some of them are. From sound which we hear on small or coarse occasions we do not easily receive strong impressions or delightful images; and words to which we are nearly strangers, whenever they occur, draw attention on themselves which they should transmit to things. Imagery Line 2 — 4: We chaired you through the market-place Man and boy stood cheering by, And home we brought you shoulder-high.
But Housman loved Jackson, with a hopeless and unrequited passion and devotion, until the day Moses Jackson died in 1923. Housman says: Eyes the shady night has shut Cannot see the record cut, And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears. People have different perspectives on death, but more often than not, it is viewed as an undesirable event that people wish to avoid. Thank You David Sum Presenting Do you believe glory is eternalized through immediate death after the accomplishment? A rose without water wilts in about an hour or two. Without Grendel this unique situation would not exist. The poem is composed of mostly iambic tetrameter with seven stanzas that has four lines within each stanza.
To-day, the road all runners come, 5 Shoulder-high we bring you home, And set you at your threshold down, Townsman of a stiller town. Unfortunately, she is not remembered in a positive way, and she went mad before passing away. One might criticize him for having such a pessimistic view of life, but we must realize that we are among many people who give those athletes the feeling of disgrace as they are no Interesting aspect is that continued iambic tetrameter as previously discussed still gives the poem somewhat calm tone even when the hard sounds do the opposite. The poem has seven stanzas written as quatrains. Give this one a read and see what you think. Most lines in these poems tend to have eight syllables. Iambic tetrameter consists of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable.
The Poetic Art of A. The only characteristic we know of this character is that he is a great athlete, we learn nothing about the character besides the fact that he has won a race. Boston: Bedford Books Of St. To be able to understand Leggett's view with that of Housman's is to confuse a technique by which the poet conveys a hard to understand reaction to death with a philosophy, which has no meaning outside the poem. Another aspect of the humans in the story that Grendel defines is their concept of a hero. This can be the world record that athletes all over the world is targeting and their ultimate goal to cement their name in the olympic records. The mood for the rest of the poem then changes again to an encouraging one.
Housman was a man of great opposites which means his poetry seems to be so very delicate and full of gentle regret, but he himself was a very hash self-disciplined man. They will not have to go through the pain of watching their fame disappear or whither out with time. Just as the sill of a door separates the outside world from the inside of the house. The flowers represent glory this is another metaphor. Biography Poetic Form Meter, Rhythm and Rhyme Poetic Devices Thematic Analysis Housman wrote this poem in between the two Boer Wars.