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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 And malt does more than Milton can To justify God's ways to man. 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 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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Quote Left In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning. 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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