ummm.... Running or track
To An Athlete Dying Young was created in 1896.
Poetry summary of "To an Athlete Dying Young" by A.E. Houseman
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Swimming, netball, softball
AA BBCC DD These are rhyming couplets reflecting the running however tetrameter is also used.
Cy Young - athlete - was born in 1928.
One example of irony in To an Athlete Dying Young is the way death is viewed. Usually death is never viewed as a joyous or raptuous event, but here death is proven to be an advantage, as it helps the young athlete make his glory permanent.