The speakers in A. E. Housman poem “To an Athlete Dying Young” and Edward Arlington Robinson poem “Richard Cory” serve different purposes but uses irony and rhyme to help convey their message. In “To an Athlete Dying Young” the speaker’s purpose is to show the audience dying young with glory is more memorable than dying old with glory. In “Richard Cory” the speaker’s purpose is to show the audience “you can’t judge a book by its cover.”
In the poem “To an Athlete Dying Young” the author uses rhyme to show the readers how the glory of the runner came and went in a dramatic way. By having rhyme in “To an Athlete Dying Young” it allows the irony in the poem and the meaning that poet A. E. Housman is trying to convey, really stick with the readers. In stanza three, “away” and “stay” and “grows” and “rose” make that stanza really stay put in the mind of the readers.
Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
The rhyme in this poem brings the readers closer to the irony of the poem and the message of the poem.
Housman uses a lot of irony in “To an Athlete Dying Young.” The irony Housman wants us to see is, in order to capture your accomplishments, victories, glories, and cheers given to you, you must die as soon as greatness is achieved. Accomplishing goals at a young age and then having to grow old and die gives no remembrance of who you were or what you accomplished when you were younger. In addition, it was ironic to have the speaker to praise the “smart lad” for dying early. The irony that really got me was the fact that the runner was young and athletic, and he dies. The poem in itself was ironic.
“Richard Cory” written by Edward Arlington Robinson the speaker wants us to see how recognized “Richard Cory” is by the all the townspeople and what they think of him. The towns people “on the pavement looked at...