A Shropshire Lad

A Shropshire Lad

A.E. Housman / Sep 22, 2019

A Shropshire Lad Few volumes of poetry in the English language have enjoyed as much success with both literary connoisseurs and the general reader as A E Housman s A Shropshire Lad first published in Scholars an

  • Title: A Shropshire Lad
  • Author: A.E. Housman
  • ISBN: 9780486264684
  • Page: 483
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  • Few volumes of poetry in the English language have enjoyed as much success with both literary connoisseurs and the general reader as A E Housman s A Shropshire Lad, first published in 1896 Scholars and critics have seen in these timeless poems an elegance of taste and perfection of form and feeling comparable to the greatest of the classic Yet their simple language, stFew volumes of poetry in the English language have enjoyed as much success with both literary connoisseurs and the general reader as A E Housman s A Shropshire Lad, first published in 1896 Scholars and critics have seen in these timeless poems an elegance of taste and perfection of form and feeling comparable to the greatest of the classic Yet their simple language, strong musical cadences and direct emotional appeal have won these works a wide audience among general readers as well.This finely produced volume, reprinted from an authoritative edition of A Shropshire Lad, contains all 63 original poems along with a new Index of First Lines and a brief new section of Notes to the Text Here are poems that deal poignantly with the changing climate of friendship, the fading of youth, the vanity of dreams poems that are among the most read, shared, and quoted in our language.

    Housman, A.E A Shropshire Lad bartleby A Shropshire Lad A.E Housman This collection of verse is Housman s signature work Mixing the styles of the traditional English ballad and classical verse, the young Housman takes on the growing pains of youth and young love. A Shropshire Lad author Crossword Clue Answer Find answers for the crossword clue A Shropshire Lad author We have answer for this clue. Poets Corner A.E Housman A Shropshire Lad A Shropshire Lad by A.E Housman Recent Additions A Shropshire Lad by A.E Housman A Shropshire Lad was originally published in .This Web edition is based on the edition printed by Ballantyne, Hanson, Co. A Shropshire Lad By A E Housman A Shropshire Lad By A E Housman Illustrated A E Housman on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Why buy our paperbacks Expedited shipping High A Shropshire Lad A Shropshire Lad is a collection of sixty three poems by the English poet Alfred Edward Housman, published in .After a slow beginning, it rapidly grew in popularity, particularly among young readers Composers began setting the poems to music less than ten years after their first appearance. Customer reviews A Shropshire Lad There was a problem filtering reviews right now Please try again later. Shropshire Etymology Shropshire is first recorded in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle annal for The origin of the name is the Old English Scrobbesbyrigsc r, which means Shrewsburyshire.The name may, therefore, be derived indirectly from a personal name such as Scrope also spelt Scrobbe Salop is an old name for Shropshire, historically used as an abbreviated form for post or telegrams, it is LXII Terence, this is stupid stuff Housman, A E TERENCE, this is stupid stuff You eat your victuals fast enough There can t be much amiss, tis clear, To see the rate you drink your beer But oh, good Lord, the verse you make, A E Housman Selected Poems greenend A E Housman Selected Poems The following is a fairly extensive selection of Housman s poetry originally published by me, Martin Hardcastle, in the early s. Shropshire Army Units Shropshire History Shropshire Army Units Return to Index A surprising number of Army units have been formed in Shropshire over the years In the early days, many of these were quite amateurish with a landowner recruiting his estate staff or local villagers Few ever fought real enemies abroad As the British Empire expanded, so did its professional army but it did not meet with a real

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        Alfred Edward A.E Housman was a noted classical scholar and a poet To the wider public he is best known for his poem A Shropshire Lad 1896 , while to his fellow classicists it is his critical editing of Manilius that has earned him enduring fame.Housman was born on March 26, 1859 in Fockbury, Worcestershire, England, the eldest of seven children A gifted student Housman won a scholarship to Oxford where he performed well, but failed to gain a degree, due to his neglect, for various reasons, of subjects that did not pique his interest philosophy, and ancient history Frustrated he gained at job as a patent clerk, but continued his research in the classical studies, publishing a variety of well regarded papers After a decade his reputation was such that he was able to obtain a position at University College London 1992 In 1911 he took the Kennedy Professorship of Latin at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he remained for the rest of his life.As a scholar Housman concentrated on Latin His work on Manilus Astronomica , between 1903 30, where he published a five volume critical edition, is the definitive text Housman the poet produced lyrics that express a Romantic pessimism in a spare, simple style Some of the asperity and directness that appears in Housman s lyrics also is found in his scholarship, in which he defended common sense with a sarcastic wit that helped to make him widely feared.There are several biographies of Housman, and a The Housman Society housman society


    1. The much-anthologized lyrics everyone remembers from this slim volume are memorable for their delicate music and Attic restraint, but many of the sixty-three poems contained herein are pretty forgettable; reiterating the familiar themes of youthful beauty and early death without deepening or enriching them, they often veer dangerously close to self-parody. Still . . . "Loveliest of trees, the cherry now," "To an Athlete Dying Young," "Bredon Hill," "With rue may heart is laden," "Is my team plou [...]

    2. I was first introduced to the exquisite poetry of A.E. Housman in my grade ten English class (where we covered British literature from Beowulf to the early 20th century, and oh, how I enjoyed that class). I started to appreciate Housman's poetry then, but I started to really love his poetry when I listened to George Butterworth's lovely and evocative song-cycle rendition of A Shropshire Lad and realisesd that Housman's poems are not just meant to be read, but really and truly are meant to be sun [...]

    3. gutenberg/files/5720/5 Picked this up today because I am grieving Endeavour Morse who used to quote from this collection often through the course of his career. Sixty-three tiny poems urging us to seize the day, not let life just run out without giving all.IV: REVEILLE Wake: the silver dusk returning Up the beach of darkness brims, And the ship of sunrise burning Strands upon the eastern rims. Wake: the vaulted shadow shatters, Trampled to the floor it spanned, And the tent of night in tatters S [...]

    4. Once I got through the rather dismal first 15 or 20 poems, I quite enjoyed this classic collection. From dreary images of murders, hangings, and suicides, there was a gradual shift to a more lighthearted - if somewhat cynical - tone which was underscored by the rhythmic lilt of the verse.I began to read these poems in an effort to locate the one poem which purportedly inspired the title of the award-winning novel Earth and High Heaven (by Canadian author Gwethalyn Graham). The exact phrase is fo [...]

    5. Be forewarned: this review is less about this book than maybe any review on this site has EVER not been about a book (exaggeration is my thing, as of late.) I read this short collection of poems, and I wanted to really turn your heads around in circles with my insightful analysis of its varying components. To tell you all about who Housman was, what he intended to tell you, how/why you should read these poems, and maybe even how you should feel about them. Straight-up-deep-dopeshit. This I canno [...]

    6. As a lad I was very fond of one of Housman's poems,Reveille, because it was upbeat and inspirational: " Up, lad: thews that lie and cumber Sunlit pallets never thrive; Morns abed and daylight slumber Were not meant for man alive.So when I received my copy of the Folio edition of this book, I expected more of the same. Boy, was I right out to lunch! What utter doom and gloom! Death is present in real or allegorical form in just about every poem. I had never read anything like it from the pen of a [...]

    7. I think I never want to seeAnother stanza by A.E.I pity now the friends of Terence,And eke his siblings, pets and parents.For oh, good Lord the verse he made--Too grim and too much in the shade:The doomstruck lad, the Severn missed,The Ludlow fair where he got pissed,The London blues, the snow-hung orchard,Young life cut short in syntax tortured,And favorite of all his themes,The Shropshire schoolboy's martial dreams.Brave verse to stop a soldier shirkingBy one whose work was patent-clerking."St [...]

    8. 8/2012 I come to Housman when I'm hollow, when I'm lost, when I'm confused. I come here when I need to come here, and he takes me in, he comforts me with snark, with acute observation, with hilarity and bottomless woe. There's nobody, nobody at all like Housman. I have entire swaths of this by heart, and generally read a poem or two at need. Today I read it cover to cover and was, once again, entirely blown away. 2010: What's to say of Housman? His words are like strange wine that changes one ut [...]

    9. My expectations for this poem cycle were confounded. I'd got it into my head that A Shropshire Lad was a rural idyll about bucolic farm boys, milk maids and nostalgic reveries about "blue remembered hills". As there is practically none of that ("blue remembered hills" notwithstanding), I'd obviously constructed this false image myself based on nothing more than the title of the collection.Now, that's a bit of a shame as I was in the mood for (had a need for, in fact) a bit of idylic escapism to [...]

    10. Many of these poems were rather sad so I could only listen to the audio version of this book in small increments. It was an excellent collection!

    11. This cycle of 63 short poems at first seems to wander from topic to topic with frequent visits to the grave, but in the end I was left with the impression of it as a masterful collective whole. The first poem had me fearing I would have to struggle through archaic phrases, regionalisms, or poetic abstractions. But with the Oxford English Dictionary loaded on my computer, I soon found myself enjoying Housman's verse for his unusual vocabulary and its creative (or was it old-fashioned) use.His foc [...]

    12. Two of my favorites:XIIIWhen I was one-and-twenty I heard a wise man say,"Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart away;Give pearls away and rubies But keep your fancy free."But I was one-and-twenty, No use to talk to me.When I was one-and-twenty I heard him say again,"The heart out of the bosom Was never given in vain;'Tis paid with sighs a plenty And sold for endless rue."And I am two-and-twenty, And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.LXNow hollows fires burn out to black, And lights are gu [...]

    13. Absolutely wonderful. A slim poetry collection about death and loss that ranks among the best I have read in a long time. Some call it pathetic, I call it genius.

    14. I cannot “rate” this classic adequately. Nothing I could say would even come close to an informed evaluation of its significance. I read it in an attempt to understand why my late father brought it back from England after WWII and kept it for over 65 years. Having just finished it, I still don’t know for sure. It seems to be about male friendship/camaraderie, death/dying in war, grief and loss—not to mention scenes of execution, suicide . Maybe that is the point. Poetry about happiness, [...]

    15. It seems a little otherworldly to read a book of highly formal, good-quality poetry that was a runaway bestseller appealing most strongly to young men. Worth reading if only for the shock of realizing how much influence it had on twentieth century popular literature. Bracingly morbid, but then Mithridates died old, and by gum A.E. Housman made it to 77 himself.

    16. The poetry was not bad, Housman knows how to vary the tempo and style to set the mood. In contrast to the crap that Emily Dickinson as thrown on paper.But what makes this book work is the stunning photography.Definately a book to spend a few hours with. It was worth putting a hold on my current reading.Arrived and read on the same day.Marvellous!

    17. A great series of poems, but linger overlong on the grave I think.Worth it if only for XL:INTO my heart on air that killsFrom yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills,What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content, 5 I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I wentAnd cannot come again.

    18. Deceptively simplistic, this collection ranges along the varied experiences and nuances of life itself. Love, death, defeat, fleeting victory, eventual demise and a general feeling of transience--A.E. Housman reminds us continually that we are but a page in a book we can never see entirely. Housman's Shropshire, in all its pastoral idyllic beauty, never existed any more than Margaret Mitchell's romanticized South, or even Hardy's Wessex. No matter. His themes are universal and readily accessible [...]

    19. This wasn't at all what I was expecting. I think I vaguely knew that there was a lot of beautiful golden youth, dead before their time. I also vaguely knew - or thought I knew - that A Shropshire Lad had been packed into the rucksack of every WWI Tommy, a reminder of the arcadia they were defending in the hell of the trenches. I'm a 'Shropshire Lad' myself, and this is very much the image you pick up from the book's footprint on local culture: There's very little that's comforting in these poems [...]

    20. I hadn’t realised that A Shropshire Lad is a whole series of poems. I knew well “those blue remembered hills…the land of lost content” and “loveliest of trees, the cherry now/Is hung with bloom along the bough, but I didn’t know the other 61 poems, although I must have bumped up against some of them.And I associated them with the First World War, imagining that they were written after the war and were filled with nostalgia for a world that was gone. They are filled with nostalgia for [...]

    21. A Shropshire Lad(8.3k words; 1.5 hours; Wikisource edition) A.E. Housman's first collection of 63 poems. I enjoy his terse, rhyming style of very short lines, which he somehow makes look easy and almost conversational, particularly poems II, IV, XXIII, XXX, XXXIII, XLIV, XLIX, LXII, LXIII; it's particularly impressive how completely consistent they all are with each other. This consistency meant that when I read the parodies quoted on , I found them very funny.It is short enough that the themes [...]

    22. This was a cursory visit of Housman's 63 poems over 200 days, but I lingered over Gareth B. Thomas's photos as long as I did the poems. There are scenes of the south Shropshire hills - where I live - which are as beautiful as any I have seen, yet few can be captured on the day you are amongst them as Thomas has. Housman's poems are wistful of exactly these images, as well as deeply melancholic of lost friends through wartime and wanton worseness. Although the two prevalent themes - loss, and lov [...]

    23. I don't remember if I first encountered Housman's poetry in high school or college. And I've probably read most, if not all, of these poems before, some of them more than once. Reading it straight through now (which I may well have done before). Certainly one's younger self is probably drawn to the melancholy, but the strong usage of the folk/hymnal quatrain is greatly appealing to me as the quatrain is probably my favorite formal stanza.##Not every poem is perfect, but Housman's batting average [...]

    24. Moping, melancholy, mad an anthology of morose poems that lingers far too long on the themes of death and loss, A. E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad (1895) lay nearly forgotten until the outbreak of World War I, when its nostalgia, gloomy imagery, and fatal stoicism suited the tenor of the time. The poems, mostly cast as ballads, are easy to read and reminded me often both of Kipling's ballads and of some of Yeats' early work. But I was disappointed that Housman didn't develop his themes more elabo [...]

    25. For poetry month I pulled this copy off my shelf and started reading a few poems each day. I was introduced to Housman in freshman lit in college and have loved his poems ever since. But I found that a lot of time has passed in the 40+ years since I first read about the "cherry trees hung with snow." And I found that I had a different, more melancholy reaction to this poem and to his other poems, most of which deal with death, loss and longing for home. I still love Housman, but in a whole diffe [...]

    26. I knew so many of these poems without realising it. My favourite is the one that begins: "White in the moon the long road lies"

    27. "‘Terence, this is stupid stuff:You eat your victuals fast enough;There can’t be much amiss, ’tis clear,To see the rate you drink your beer.But oh, good Lord, the verse you make,It gives a chap the belly-ache.The cow, the old cow, she is dead;It sleeps well, the horned head:We poor lads, ’tis our turn nowTo hear such tunes as killed the cow.Pretty friendship ’tis to rhymeYour friends to death before their timeMoping melancholy mad:Come, pipe a tune to dance to, lad.’   Why, if ’ [...]

    28. Thoughtful reflections on life, love, death and war. A memorable poem:When I was one-and-twenty I heard a wise man say,“Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart away;Give pearls away and rubies But keep your fancy free.”But I was one-and-twenty, No use to talk to me.When I was one-and-twenty I heard him say again,“The heart out of the bosom Was never given in vain;’Tis paid with sighs a plenty And sold for endless rue.”And I am two-and-twenty, And oh, ’tis true, ’tis t [...]

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