To an Athlete Dying Young by A. E. Housman

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In the poem "To An Athlete Dying Young" what are some important features

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The most central feature of "To an Athlete Dying Young" is the premise of the poem.  The poem suggests that a successful athlete is better off dying young, because the best of life is behind him.  The athlete dying young is the lucky athlete. 

Irony is used here to treat society's hero worship of athletes.  A sad poignancy results from the exposure of a young person's dismal future following an adolescence of local fame.  The poem exposes...

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