Casey at the Bat

By: Ernest Thayer

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Ernest Thayer

Ernest Thayer is an American writer and poet born on August 14, 1963 in Lawrenceville Massachusetts. Thayer attended Harvard University and graduated manga cum laude in philosophy in 1885. While at Harvard, he was the editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a member of the Hasty Pudding Theatrical Club. Although Thayer has written many poems, he is most known for his last piece: "Caset at the Bat". Many renditions of the poem famous poem have come about throughout the years, even an animation by Walt Disney. Ernest Thayer died in 1940 at the age of 77.


The poem has a very literal interpretation. The poem tells the story of an arrogant man named Casey who is the star player for his team. With his team down 2 runs, Casey gets a chance to win the game for his team. However, Casey is overconfident and strikes out to end the game.

Musical Devices

The poem has a regular pattern of AABB. This gives the peom a musical effect. The tonal effect of the rhythm is upbeat


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