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Email this page At first glance nothing seems more unlikely than that the poet of the enormously popular A Shropshire Lad should be the classical scholar A.
This Cambridge University professor of Latin left no doubt as to his priorities: The apparent discrepancies in this man who became both a first-rate scholar and a celebrated poet should be a reminder that, whatever else poetry does, it also records the interior life, a life that has its roots well beneath the academic gown or the business suit.
From his early work on Propertius at Oxford University through his professorship at University College, London, and culminating in his office as Kennedy Professor of Latin at Cambridge University, Housman was not interested in the interpretation of the works of the classical writers he treated.
Instead, he was solely involved in the establishment of reliable texts of their works. This process usually required the peeling away of centuries of error made by previous editors, whom Housman frequently treated with unmitigated scorn.
As a science, however, it was not exact, he declared: In this regard he criticized scholars for being lazy, and this tone of moral rectitude permeated the entire paper.
Many scholars, he said, are stupid, lazy, vain—or all three. His last sentence put a cap on it: Shackleton Bailey in a Listener article said that he was "beyond serious dispute, among the greatest of all time.
The first volume of this work was published in and the last in That Housman chose Manilius, a second-rate poet, over Propertius or any of the other better writers with whom he was familiar reveals his desire to establish for himself an unassailable reputation, for as Andrew S.
Gow declared in A. Housman, the scholar realized that the Astronomica of Manilius provided him the greatest opportunity "of approaching finality in the solution of the problems presented.
He was and may remain the last great textual critic Hawkins noted in A. Man Behind a Mask, the book "sold so slowly that Laurence Housman at the end of two years bought up the last few copies. During this period A Shropshire Lad had been reviewed in thirty-three periodicals with both praise and condemnation.
The predominant theme, discussed by Cleanth Brooks in the Ricks collection of essays, is that of time and the inevitability of death. As Brooks said, "Time is, with Housman, always the enemy. Pearsall suggested in a PMLA essay that Housman dealt frequently with soldiers because "the uniform tended to cure isolation and unpopularity, and soldiers characteristically bask in mutual affection.
In the famous Shropshire Lad lyric beginning "Loveliest of trees, the cherry now," the speaker says that since life is all too short, he will go out "To see the cherry hung with snow," an obvious suggestion of death.When I was One-and-Twenty by A.E.
Housman. When I was One-and-Twenty Learning Guide by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley When I was One-and-Twenty Introduction In A Nutshell.
it becomes pretty incredible that such different styles could have captured the hearts.
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E. Housman. the wikiquote template is back in the article and all set now but most critics take his pronounced poetic gift as something he sacrificed on the altar of his scholarship, to the gain. Alfred Edward Housman (/ ˈ h aʊ s m ən /; 26 March – 30 April ), 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 benjaminpohle.coml and almost epigrammatic in form, the poems wistfully evoke the dooms and disappointments of youth in the English Notable works: A Shropshire Lad.
This is the first complete edition of A.
E. Housman's poetry, unprecedented in the extent to which it reveals the shaping processes of his poetic thought. To the major poetry of The Collected Poems () it adds a substantial body of light verse and juvenilia, some of it printed, orcollected, for the first time; and it revises the texts - particularly the .
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Introduction 11 Biography of A.E. Housman 14 THE DIVIDED PERSONA OF HOUSMAN Critical Analysis of A Shropshire Lad2, 58, and 62 17 POETIC TRADITION.