Explain lines 11-12 in to "To an Athlete Dying Young."

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In these two lines, Housman is using both allusion and metaphor to describe the nature of early athleticism. In referring to the "laurel," he is alluding to the practice in the Classical world of decking athletes in laurel wreaths to indicate success. In stating that the laurel grows early, he is saying that athletic success often makes itself apparent very early in...

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