Literature-In-English Paper 2, May/June 2010  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Main
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Question 11

How effective is Housman's use of imagery in 'To An Athelete Dying Young'?


The main focus of the question is the effectiveness of Housman's use of imagery. The poem use imageries to put across his message to the readers. "Challenge cup" (lures athletes into limelight) "The market place", (world of the living) 'retire' and 'smart lad' 'Road where runners come' (death) 'stiller town'. 'Home' suggests finality (death). Candidates performed poorly in this question as they could not identify the imagery and its effective usage.

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