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A E Housman

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Comprehensive information about A E Housman including biographical information, facts, literary works, and more. 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. This educational A E Housman resource has information about the author's life, works, quotations, articles and essays, and more.


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Quote Left Lovers lying two and two Ask not whom they sleep beside, And the bridegroom all night through Never turns him to the bride. Quote Right
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Quote Left The mortal sickness of a mind too unhappy to be kind. Quote Right
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Quote Left Who made the world I cannot tell 'Tis made, and here am I in hell. My hand, though now my knuckles bleed, I never soiled with such a deed. Quote Right
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Quote Left Yes, lad, I lie easy, I lie as lads would choose; I cheer a dead man's sweetheart, Never ask me whose. Quote Right
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Quote Left From far, from eve and morning And yon twelve-winded sky, The stuff of life to knit me Blew hither: here am I. Quote Right
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