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Elaine CoteJanet CrosierEnglish 102.642/26/17Running to DeathThe speaker in “To an Athlete Dying Young” by A. E. Housman is the mother of thesubject. Housman makes this clear when he uses the pronoun “we”. Housman uses the pronounwhen writing to show an average family. He mentions a “man and boy” in line 4, or father andbrother. The pronoun and assumption of an average family proves the speaker would be thesubject’s mother. Housman uses many different forms of symbolism to describe the death of thesubject. Housman demonstrates the death of the subject in stanza 2 when he mentions athreshold, or coffin. He uses the phrase “stiller town” to symbolize the grave.The symbolism in the poem is used to show the close relationship between the motherand her child. The representations of their bond are very sentimental and peaceful. She speaks of