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Alfred Edward Housman (/ ' h a s m n / ; 26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936), usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. Lyrical and almost epigrammatic in form, the poems' wistful evocation of doomed youth in the English countryside, in spare language and distinctive imagery, appealed strongly to late Victorian and Edwardian taste, and to many early 20th-century English composers (beginning with Arthur Somervell ) both before and after the First World War. Through its song-setting the poetry became closely associated with that era, and with Shropshire itself.


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Quote Left So up and down I sow them For lads like me to find, When I shall lie below them, A dead man out of mind. Quote Right
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Quote Left East and west on fields forgotten Bleach the bones of comrades slain,... Quote Right
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Quote Left And round that early-laurelled head Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,... Quote Right
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Quote Left Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think. Quote Right
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Quote Left The troubles of our proud and angry dust are from eternity, and shall not fail. Bear them we can, and if we can we must. Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale. Quote Right
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