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1 To an Athlete Dying Young Title What do the words of the title suggest to you? What denotations are presented? What connotations or associations do the words possess?

2 Paraphrase Translate the poem in your own words. What is the poem about?

3 Connotation What meaning does the poem have beyond the literal meaning?

4 Form a lyric poem. Because it praises an athlete who died young, the poem may be further classified as an elegy. To an Athlete Dying Young the expression of a deeply felt emotion or personal response. The tone of a lyric poem is frequently expressed as reflective. expresses sorrow or lamentation, usually for one who has died

5 Diction Language – word choice, style that contributes to tone FORMAL language MODERN style, with particular and emotive language The time you won your town the race We chaired you through the market-place; Smart lad, to slip betimes away And early though the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose Now you will not swell the rout

6 Imagery Visualization using metaphors, allusions, descriptive words and similes amongst other literary forms We chaired you through the market-place; Man and boy stood cheering by, And home we brought you shoulder-high Shoulder-high we bring you home, And set you at your threshold down, Townsman of a stiller town. And early though the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose. Eyes the shady night has shut Cannot see the record cut So set, before its echoes fade, The fleet foot on the sill of shade, And hold to the low lintel up The still-defended challenge-cup

7 Point of View First person We chaired you through the market-place; Shoulder-high we bring you home,

8 Details information (including descriptive, illustrative, and statistical information) that supports an idea or contributes to an overall impression market-place Man and boy the road all runners come Townsman

9 Allusions refers to a subject matter such as a place, event, or literary work by way of a passing reference. It is up to the reader to make a connection to the subject being mentioned. Eyes the shady night has shut on the sill of shade that early-laurelled head The garland briefer than a girl's

10 Symbolism an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning the road all runners come From fields where glory does not stay the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose. The still-defended challenge-cup The garland

11 Figurative Language Alliteration Metaphor Simile Onomatopoeia Personification Hyperbole Idiom

12 Other Devices Catalexis Synecdoche Eyes the shady night has shut Cannot see the record cut, The fleet foot

13 Attitude a mixture of objectivity and metaphor, that is, [Housman] speaks of things as they are while also speaking of things or events in order to mean something else. Mournful, with a cynical edge “smart lad” to escape living beyond fame

14 Shifts From past to present From objective to opinion, paradox view From regret to acceptance and action The time you won your town the race We chaired you through the market-place; Man and boy stood cheering by, And home we brought you shoulder-high. To-day,… Smart lad, to slip betimes away From fields where glory does not stay So set, before its echoes fade, The fleet foot on the sill of shade

15 To an Athlete Dying Young transience of life Even the ‘elite’ in society are levelled by death

16 Theme Life is for living well; in death all that remains of anyone is the memories of the living for that person. Develop: only the good die young


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