By: Cailey Lopes
The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the marketplace;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulderhigh.
Today, the road all runners come, 5
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.
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.
Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than
cheers15
After earth has stopped the ears:
Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honors out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.
20
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.
And round that early-laureled head
25
Will flock to gaze the strengthless
dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl’s.
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He was the oldest of seven children
His younger brother Laurence was a famous
dramatist
His sister Clemence was a novelist and a short
story writer
When he was twelve his mother died
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Housman was born in 1859 and died in 1936
He got a scholarship to St. Johns college
He studied classical languages like Latin and
Greek
He failed his final examinations in 1877 and
did not graduate from high school
He fell in love with ones of
his classmates Moses Jackson
 Jackson rebuffed his friend's
affections and Housman was
heartbroken
 "many of his subsequent poems speak of
unrequited love and refer to the rejection he
suffered when he was "one-and-twenty."
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This poem is written in a lyric ballad-a
narrative song
The rhyme scheme is in aabb, which means the
words at the end of the last two lines rhyme
and the words of the last two lines rhyme
Assonance:
Now you will not swell the
rout
Of lads that wore their honors
out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the
man
Imagery:
Today, the road all runners
come,
Shoulder-high we bring you
home,
Alliteration:
And set you at your threshold
And silence sounds no worse
than cheers
down,
Townsman of a stiller town.
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Glory:
He won the race and earned the acclaim of his
townsman. Even though he ‘s gone he is still
honored by his townsmen. The poem talks
about the athlete’s glory.
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