The speaker in he poem, praises a young and famous athlete for dying before he became old and forgotten. “To an Athlete Dying Young” is definitely a thought-provoking poem that allows the readers to think about the meaning of life and death. Houseman achieves this by using form and rhyme scheme, sound, and figurative languages such as metaphors and similes. I feel as though in “To an athlete dying young,” the author is trying to get at a younger audience, and in “Do not go gentle into that good night,” Dylan Thomas is writing for an older, wiser audience.
For instance, in “Do not go entitle into that good night,” Thomas said: “Though wise men at their end know dark is right” (4) meaning wise, older people know that dying is right and natural. I feel as when reading “To an Athlete Dying Young”, A. E. Houseman used words like “shoulder- high” (4,6), And “gaze” (26), To really get the reader to imagine the great victory of the athlete, however, I feel like in “Do not go gentle into that good night,” Dylan Thomas used the phrase “Do not go gentle into that good night” (1 2, 18), to get the idea that death is against the speaker into the readers head.