to an athlete dying young four levels

To An Athlete Dying Young Four Level

To An Athlete Dying Young a Poem by A. E. Housman

A.E. Housman writer of To An Athlete Dying Young
A.E. Housman

Four levels of To An Athlete Dying Young are:

Literal Comprehension

“To An Athlete Dying Young” is a poem written by an English poet A. E. Housman. This poem emphasizes dying in young having victory, name, glory is good instead of dying at old age. In this poem one day a young has athlete won the race. When he won the race, his town’s people cheering with full of joys, saying the word like a champion, hero. The young athlete is enjoying this moment of his life. He is respected by all the peoples of town. He has earned the victory, name, and fame. After some time the young athlete died. Seeing the dead body of his the whole town people have become silent and no noise is there.


The main theme of this poem is that name, fame, and glory is more important than life. It says it is far better to die at the pick of glory instead of losing the respect of glory or dying at old age. This poem also says, after the eyes are closed (death) there is no difference between silence and noise.

Critical Thinking

This poem is interesting to read to the readers. But I am not fully satisfied with this text. As we know when a person won the race as well as reached the top level. He or she wants a luxurious life in the future. Also,

  • Do modern readers believe that name and fame is better than life?
  • Does any person want to die at an early age having respect?


This story reminds me of the life of Prithvi Narayan Shah, the last ruler of Nepal. It is because he is dead but still his works are appreciated. His name and reputation are still maintained. I also decided to do great works so that people also appreciate my works.

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