Write a well organized essay in which you discuss the attitude of narrator towards fame and death. Through careful analysis of the language, tone, and imagery, show the narrator's attitude is conveyed.
I need help with the intro and conclusion Please :)
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When time passing things are forgotten.People who have achieved greatest drifted off into the ground. But what if soon after their peak of glory they die. Would the memory of them remain at the same? In the poem " To an Athlete Dying Young" by A.E. Houseman the narrator shows you how dying young and at the peak of your glory is better then living to be forgotten.
The first stanza is explaining the victory of a boy winning the race in his town. Everyone being so happy for him carry him on their shoulders all the way home. The tone in this stanza was exciting and full of pride. It showed the reader how happy the runner and the townspeople were about the runners victory. In the second stanza it says, " Shoulder-high we bring you home " which is talking about the runners funeral . In this stanza the young runner died shortly after his victory. When the narrator says " And set you at your threshold down ", I imagine the townsman placing the runners casket into the ground.
In the third stanza the narrator say " Smart lad to slip betimes away from fields were glory does not stay " which basically says that it was good of him to die early because if he would have lived on the townspeople who once admired him would have soon forgotten him. The author uses personification when he say " fields where glory does not stay " The fourth stanza uses alteration for example " silence sounds " and in the sixth stanza " fleet foot ". Housman used rhyme scheme to capture the reader. In fourth and fifth stanza the narrator is saying the young runner doesn't know how fortunate he was to die young and he didn't wore out his honor like others. Also I think the narrator is saying the runner won't be like the other victorious athletes who grow old and forgotten about until they died and everyone then remembered them again.
The narrator shows fame as being something that fades away over time. The runner died at the highlight of his life, Housman then explains how the people who admired him would have soon forgotten him. He captured his victory and he will be remember for what he had done just before he died. the Narrator makes death seem like a good thing or an escape for things that could have happened.