To an Athlete Dying Young Analysis - Elaine Cote Janet Crosier English 102.64 Running to Death The speaker in To an Athlete Dying Young by A E Housman

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Elaine Cote Janet Crosier English 102.64 2/26/17 Running to Death The speaker in “To an Athlete Dying Young” by A. E. Housman is the mother of the subject. Housman makes this clear when he uses the pronoun “we”. Housman uses the pronoun when writing to show an average family. He mentions a “man and boy” in line 4, or father and brother. The pronoun and assumption of an average family proves the speaker would be the subject’s mother. Housman uses many different forms of symbolism to describe the death of the subject. Housman demonstrates the death of the subject in stanza 2 when he mentions a threshold, 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 mother and her child. The representations of their bond are very sentimental and peaceful. She speaks of
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