One can assume Housman believes that the only way for athletes to capture the glory is to die when at the peak of their careers. In the first stanza the whole town was there to celebrate the young athlete, but now the whole town is there to mourn him. There are many similarities in these two poems. The continual feud between the Montague and Capulet families result in a ongoing conflict and end with the death of Romeo and Juliet. Have one volunteer from each group read the poem to the class. In first two stanzas, Housman describes the funeral procession as he remembers the time when the young athlete was proudly brought home after he won a race.
The theme of the poem is glory is fleeting and one must act upon it before it goes, which is by dying. Give this one a read and see what you think. Is the tone the same at certain parts of the poem? This step should take about 7—8 minutes. Ditto the Meryl Streep ref. Eyes the shady night has shut Cannot see the record cut, And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears. However, in stanza 2 it shifts to a mournful mood.
Things take an unexpected turn starting in stanza 3 and continuing through the poem's last stanza. Housman composed this volume after the 1892 death of his close friend Adalbert Jackson. Thesis and Outline Thesis: Housman uses visual imagery, double-meaning words, and life cycles to develop a theme of fading glory. Allow 6-7 minutes for each group presentation. Smart lad, to slip betimes away From fields where glory does not stay, And early though the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose. Housman makes a quite different approach on death. The running paced rhythm shows that life is like a race.
I did not perish from the earth, but got up, shook off the dust and made my life have more meaning. Everyone has to die and run down that road of death. To the speaker the death of the athlete was not the most awful thing that could of happened, but rather being a faded memory and only a footnote in history. Other poetic forms, however, can finely capture the theme of death. 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! Sixth Stanza: Holding the Winning Cup So set, before its echoes fade, The fleet foot on the sill of shade, And hold to the low lintel up The still-defended challenge-cup. Additional Death Poetry and Popular Culture To help students relate to poetry in a contemporary and personal way, ask students to identify songs and movies with the overarching theme of death.
In lines 13 and 14, however, Housman uses trochaic tetrameter in order to mark the turnover from the mourning of the deceased to the celebration of his forever. Write a list on the board as students offer suggestions, asking students to identify the tone, mood, and ways in which death is presented e. On the other hand, Grendel has. Be sure to help the Thomas groups understand the form. This can be interpreted two very different ways.
Smart lad, to slip betimes away From fields where glory does not stay, And early though the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose. Along with that come fears of not being able to fulfill all their dreams, not being able to live a prosperous life and take full advantage of their time on earth. Download and print out documents you will use and duplicate copies as necessary for student viewing. Not only does he allow for heroes to exist he gives them their purpose in life. 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. The poem has seven stanzas and each stanza consists of two pairs of end-rhyming lines.
So, in essence the speaker stated that while you may be dead you'll always be remembered at the top of your game and never forgotten. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. It has measured pattern that could even resemble an athlete's running footsteps, which are usually paced. Smart lad, to slip betimes away From fields where glory does not stay, 10 And early though the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose. Another aspect of the humans in the story that Grendel defines is their concept of a hero. Have each group spend 20 to 25 minutes searching for and exploring poems about death at the or. We don't get to enjoy it very long, because the second stanza puts us at the athlete's funeral.
Along with that come fears of not being able to fulfill all their dreams, not being able to live a prosperous life and take full advantage of their time on earth. Teacher Note: The characteristic refrains allow Thomas' poem to build momentum, ultimately fortifying the subject as he faces his father's death. Last, but not least, metaphors and simile play significant role as they reference the relationship between the death and glory, which is the major theme in this poem. Before your looks fade, your athletic skill goes. Eyes the shady night has shut Cannot see the record cut, And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears: Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honours out, Runners whom renown outran And the name died before the man. Play the audio clip a second time, asking students at this point just to write down repeated words.
I felt as though I was to die and go away for good. The poem challenges the traditional idea of living a long life and disapproves that it is tragic to die young. The poem may bring nostalgia, but it still has a melochany tone to it. Most, if not all, similes in this poem use this method. In this lesson, students will study poems about death, including the aforementioned poems. The speaker starts listing why it's a good thing that the athlete died young.