Alfred Edward Housman
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To An Athlete Dying Young

Rating: 3.8
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, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.
Smart lad, to slip betimes away
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Michael Walker 01 August 2019
An elegy which still holds up; precise rhyme and meter, and a fine comparison between athletics and the end of life: ' Today, the road all runners come, Shoulder-high we bring you home'. Very moving to me.
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Fakboy 07 June 2018
Fak you all BITCHES
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Sylvaonyema Uba 08 March 2017
Well written poem Sylvs
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Jasmine Cline 18 May 2016
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Thabani Khumalo 16 June 2015
I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.u
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Sossi Khachadourian 28 December 2014
One of my favorites!
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Rajnish Manga 28 December 2014
Two extremes of life and death have been described to bring home the factor of uncertainty. Great emotional poem.
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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 27 December 2014
Silence sounds no worse than cheers...... The ups and downs of life describes in the poem and it is having some spiritual contexts also.Highly accepted poem and likes it.
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Goodness Tchibueze 28 December 2012
All we labor for is a madman running after nothing.I love this!
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Cs Vishwanathan 28 December 2010
To me the poetry of AE Housman are a glory of the English letters. His innate astringent scepticism showed a side of the English cultural countenance normally kept shrouded by the Victorians. In his poems rhyme, rhythm, emotion, statements, and stylistic precision all dovetail into each other so seamlessly that the whole poem is converted into an object of beauty. He is the GOYA of the English poetry.
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