To an Athlete Dying Young is A. E. Housman’s most famous poem. It stimulates a discussion of the speaker’s view that the death of a youthful athlete is better than that of an elder athlete because the youth’s accomplishments are still being heralded. Housman’s pessimistic view ought to be analyzed. This 13-page product includes activities based on literary devices, affective responses, research on athletes who died young, and a written summary activity. Answer key included.