Unformatted text preview: conquered. The athlete died a champion. I have several friends that are currently sports players at their schools. They are some of the best at their age but not all of them will get to continue to play at the next level. For most of them their last year is becoming hard because they are beginning to realize that the end of their careers is very close. A final thought that sticks out to me in this poem is that maybe A.E. Housman is the opposite of the dead athlete. Housman could be the living example of a forgotten athlete. Whoever is telling the story knows exactly how the athlete felt. The person can see the entire life of the runner, because it was once theirs. The person can also see the alternate path of the runner, which would be what happened in their life after their playing days....
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- Fall '08
- Poetry, Athlete Dying Young, A.E. Housman