The poems ‘To an Athlete Dying Young ‘and ‘God’s Grandeur’ both examine situations that threaten our sense of stability and suggests ways of dealing with these situations. Both poems include some sort of negative aspect but they are each responded by their respective speaker in different ways. In addition, to aid in better understanding of the poem, the poets use images. The poem ‘To An Athlete Dying Young’, illustrates the story of a young athlete who was once carried on high shoulders through the market place and is now being buried at his threshold. In this poem there were many negative situations in which the young athlete faced .The young athlete was famous for his accomplishments which made his village proud of him. Everyone rejoiced for his accomplishments however the speaker is now speaking at his funeral. Dying young can be a bad thing. Another athlete can come along and break the record resulting in a new champion. When this takes place the fame and glory of the previous champion will now be forgotten.
The poem ‘God’s Grandeur’ is about the greatness of god. People are endlessly tromping and trudging through the earth. Man has no respect for god and his creations and they will continue to do this. However with the power of god he replenishes it. As seen above, in these two poems, there are negative situations in which the speaker faces. The main negative aspect in the poem ‘To an Athlete Dying Young’ is the fact that the young athlete dies, while in the poem ‘God’s Grandeur’, man is constantly causing destruction upon the earth. The speaker in the poem ‘To an Athlete Dying Young’, the speaker suggest that dying at a young ago can be a positive. For this reason, when an athlete dies young, and a new champion is present, the previous champion will be unable to see his record being broken and will unable to hear the glory of the new champion. The athlete is now lying down in his grave which indicates that he is in his peak of success. In contrast,...
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