A. E. Housman


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The English poet and classical scholar Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936) is popularly known as A. E. Housman. He is most famous for his cycle of poems known as A Shropshire Lad. Those poems were very popular with late Victorian and Edwardian audiences. They have a wistful and lyrical quality that made them emblematic of the lives of young men and woman living in the English countryside, in general and of the Shropshire countryside in particular. The poems did not shy away from the dissapointments of that life.

Housman is a footnote in my literary world as well. I adore Flannery O'Connor's short stories about smart people behaving stupidly and I am rather obsessed with The Partridge Festival. It is a story that I have read more often than I should admit publicly! In that story, one of the misguided protagonists bring three books as a gift for someone they are to meet at an insane asylum. A book of Housman's poetry is one of the three books.

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Poems

A Shropshire Lad - I - 1887
A Shropshire Lad - III - The Recruit
A Shropshire Lad - II - Loveliest of Trees
A Shropshire Lad - IV - Reveille
A Shropshire Lad - IX
A Shropshire Lad - L
A Shropshire Lad - LI
A Shropshire Lad - LII
A Shropshire Lad - LIII - The True Lover
A Shropshire Lad - LIV
A Shropshire Lad - LIX - The Isle Of Portland
A Shropshire Lad - LV
A Shropshire Lad - LVII
A Shropshire Lad - LVIII
A Shropshire Lad - LVI - The Day Of Battle
A Shropshire Lad - LX
A Shropshire Lad - LXI - Hughley Steeple
A Shropshire Lad - LXII
A Shropshire Lad - LXIII
A Shropshire Lad - V
A Shropshire Lad - VI
A Shropshire Lad - VII
A Shropshire Lad - VIII
A Shropshire Lad - XI
A Shropshire Lad - XII
A Shropshire Lad - XIII
A Shropshire Lad - XIV
A Shropshire Lad - XIX - To An Athlete Dying Young
A Shropshire Lad - XL
A Shropshire Lad - XLI
A Shropshire Lad - XLIII - The Immortal Part
A Shropshire Lad - XLII - The Merry Guide
A Shropshire Lad - XLIV
A Shropshire Lad - XLIX
A Shropshire Lad - XLV
A Shropshire Lad - XLVI
A Shropshire Lad - XLVIII
A Shropshire Lad - XLVII - The Carpenters Son
A Shropshire Lad - X - MARCH
A Shropshire Lad - XV
A Shropshire Lad - XVI
A Shropshire Lad - XVII
A Shropshire Lad - XVIII
A Shropshire Lad - XX
A Shropshire Lad - XXI - Bredon Hill
A Shropshire Lad - XXII
A Shropshire Lad - XXIII
A Shropshire Lad - XXIV
A Shropshire Lad - XXIX - The Lent Lily
A Shropshire Lad - XXV
A Shropshire Lad - XXVI
A Shropshire Lad - XXVII
A Shropshire Lad - XXVIII - The Welsh Marches
A Shropshire Lad - XXX
A Shropshire Lad - XXXI
A Shropshire Lad - XXXII
A Shropshire Lad - XXXIII
A Shropshire Lad - XXXIV - The New Mistress
A Shropshire Lad - XXXIX
A Shropshire Lad - XXXV
A Shropshire Lad - XXXVI
A Shropshire Lad - XXXVII
A Shropshire Lad - XXXVIII
As I gird on for fighting
Astronomy
Could man be drunk for ever
Eight O’clock
Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries
Epithalamium
Fancy’s Knell
Grenadier
Hell’s Gate
Her strong enchantments failing
Illic Jacet
In Midnights of November
In the morning, in the morning
In valleys green and still
Lancer
Now dreary dawns the eastern light
Oh stay at home, my lad, and plough
Revolution
September 1922
Sinner’s Rue
Soldier from the wars returning
Spring Morning
Tell me not here, it needs not saying
The chestnut casts his flambeaux
The Culprit
The Deserter
The fairies break their dances
The First Of May
The half-moon westers low, my love
The laws of God, the laws of man
The night is freezing fast
The Oracles
The rain
The sigh that heaves the grasses
The sloe was lost in flower
The West
Wake Not For The World-Heard Thunder
When first my way to fair I took
When I would muse in boyhood
When summer’s end is nighing
When the eye of day is shut
Yonder see the morning blink

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