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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 Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose; But young men think it is, and we were young. Quote Right
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Quote Left And silence sounds no worse than cheers After death has stopped the ears. Quote Right
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Quote Left I, a stranger and afraid, in a world I never made. Quote Right
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Quote Left Good literature continually read for pleasure must, let us hope, do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions. Quote Right
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Quote Left Runners whom renown outran And the name died before the man. Quote Right
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