To An Athlete Dying Young

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.

by Alfred Edward Housman Click to read full poem

Comments about To An Athlete Dying Young

Michael Walker 01 Aug 2019 09:16
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.
Fakboy 07 Jun 2018 07:13
Fak you all BITCHES
Sylvaonyema Uba 08 Mar 2017 06:00
Well written poem Sylvs
Jasmine Cline 18 May 2016 07:22
Thabani Khumalo 16 Jun 2015 09:05
I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.u
Sossi Khachadourian 28 Dec 2014 11:24
One of my favorites!
Rajnish Manga 28 Dec 2014 12:35
Two extremes of life and death have been described to bring home the factor of uncertainty. Great emotional poem.
Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 27 Dec 2014 10:10
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.
Goodness Tchibueze 28 Dec 2012 03:05
All we labor for is a madman running after nothing.I love this!
Cs Vishwanathan 28 Dec 2010 01:04
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.
Michael Pruchnicki 28 Dec 2009 05:49
Think of the slave who rode in the chariot with the conquering hero and whispered words of wisdom into his ear, 'Beware the glory that is yours now will soon vanish! ' Today you're a hero! Tomorrow you're a Zero! Like a young girl whose beauty will eventually fade as she ages, so a young athlete dying young will outlive his brief day in the sun! No arthritis will ever slow him down! No sudden cardiac arrest will terminate his career so suddenly. I think it was General George Patton who longed to be killed in battle with the last bullet fired in the last war! A noble aspiration!
Joseph Poewhit 28 Dec 2009 08:29
Captures the moment of GLORY well, for the runner.
Ramesh T A 28 Dec 2009 01:27
A wonderful tribute to a winning athlete died young! It may be very interesting to young sportsmen of the world!
Holt Louque 07 Oct 2009 10:31
How could this warrior add to the afore mentioned commentaries? Yes, Out of Africa is one of the all-time greatest films. 'Under the veneer of armor of every Warrior, beats the Heart of a true Romantic.' HRL
Susan Richardson 20 Jun 2006 02:57
Surely the whole point is what was, not what could have been? Ultimately to have lost the challenge cup and for the laurel to have withered, as better, younger athletes usurp his position. An early death ensures this will never happen. Ditto the Meryl Streep ref. I too can never read this without hearing the halting Danish accent. Brilliant film, fantastic score, wonderful poetry!
Hakan Han 29 Dec 2005 03:06
You dont have it! but i dont have it too! a bitch does always lie, but one of my statements is true!
Richard Terrify 24 Nov 2005 09:30
There's a scene in the movie Out Of Africa where this poem, or part of it, is read at the burial of Robert Redfords character. I thought it was one of the most beautiful tributes to a figure admired, not only an athlete. Of course, I cannot read it without hearing the Danish accent Meryl Streep used in the film, but what a voice to hear in your head when recalling a favorite poem. I owe this movie a debt of gratitude for making me aware of this fine poem.
Tom Green 12 Dec 2004 01:42
I think this is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read. It is so virile yet so soft, so bold yet so shy, so promissory yet so fatal. We can all relate to the golden child athelete who we really never had a full chance to appreciate and savor him because an early death. Then those who are left will only remenber and think about what could have been.