Shropshire Lad and Other Poems

ISBN-10: 0140424741

ISBN-13: 9780140424744

Edition: 2008

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Description: A. E. Housman (1859 ndash; 1936) was one of the best-loved poets of his day, whose poems conjure up a potent and idyllic rural world imbued with a poignant sense of loss and sadness. They are expressed in simple rhythms, yet show a fine ear for the subtleties of metre and alliteration. But despite the simplicity of his verse, his scope is wide ndash; ranging from religious doubt and doomed love to intense nostalgia for the countryside and patriotic celebration of soldiers marching to battle. This volume brings together the works Housman published in his lifetime, A Shropshire Lad (1896) and Last Poems (1922), along with the posthumous selections More Poems and Additional Poems, and three translations of extracts from Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides that display his mastery of Classical literature.

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 9/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 270
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

A.E. Housman was born on March 26, 1859 in England. He attended Oxford University, carefully poring over Latin texts, and often correcting them. He was soon appointed to a professorship at University College, London, and later at Cambridge. He is a noted scholar and poet, famed for his sparse, simplistic style. Housman's life and work were largely influenced by his homosexuality. Most recognized for his collection of poetry, The Shropshire Lad, he also left a large volume of secret homosexual works. His works often took as their subjects the English countryside, youth, and melancholy; the latter probably brought on by his love for fellow classmate Moses Jackson. His sexual preference ultimately led to a rejection of love and a reclusive life, where he refused to discuss his poetry. A.E. Housman died on April 30, 1936 in Cambridge.

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