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by A. E. Housman

1896

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "To An Athlete Dying Young" by A. E. Housman.

Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936) was an English poet and classical scholar. Housman wrote the elegy “To an Athlete Dying Young” in 1896, following the death of his close friend, Adalbert Jackson. In this poem, the speaker addresses an elegy to a champion runner who died at the height of his physical prime.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Death as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

"How do people face death?"

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