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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 Nature not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write. 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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Quote Left And round that early-laurelled head Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,... 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 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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