Collected Poems: A. E. Housman

¶ Collected Poems: A. E. Housman ☆ A.E. Housman ¶ Collected Poems: A. E. Housman ☆ A.E. Housman - Collected Poems: A. E. Housman, Collected Poems A E Housman This volume constitutes the authorized canon of A E Housman s verse as it was established in three years after his death In contains A Shropshire Lad Last Poems More Poems the Additional Poem

  • Title: Collected Poems: A. E. Housman
  • Author: A.E. Housman
  • ISBN: 9780030854903
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback

¶ Collected Poems: A. E. Housman ☆ A.E. Housman, Collected Poems: A. E. Housman, A.E. Housman, Collected Poems A E Housman This volume constitutes the authorized canon of A E Housman s verse as it was established in three years after his death In contains A Shropshire Lad Last Poems More Poems the Additional Poems and the three translations from A W Pollard s anthology Odes from the Greek Dramatists

Collected Poems: A. E. Housman

¶ Collected Poems: A. E. Housman ☆ A.E. Housman ¶ Collected Poems: A. E. Housman ☆ A.E. Housman - Collected Poems: A. E. Housman, Collected Poems A E Housman This volume constitutes the authorized canon of A E Housman s verse as it was established in three years after his death In contains A Shropshire Lad Last Poems More Poems the Additional Poem Collected Poems: A. E. Housman

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  1. Introduction, by Nick Laird A Shropshire LadLast Poems I The West II As I gird on for fighting III Her strong enchantments failing IV Illic Jacet V Grenadier VI Lancer VII In valleys green and still VIII Soldier from the wars returning IX The chestnut casts his flambeaux, and the flowers X Could man be drunk for ever XI Yonder see the morning blink XII The laws of God, the laws of man XIII The Deserter XIV The Culprit XV Eight O Clock XVI Spring Morning XVII Astronomy XVIII The rain, it [...]


  2. One of my favorites XVIHow clear, how lovely brightHow beautiful to sight Those beams of morning play How heaven laughs out with gleeWhere, like a bird set free,Up from the eastern sea Soars the delightful day.To day I shall be strong,No shall yield to wrong, Shall squander life no Days lost, I know not how,I shall retrieve them now Now I shall keep the vow I never kept before.Ensanguining the skiesHow heavily it dies Into the west away Past touch and sight and soundNot further to be foundHow [...]


  3. I have loved, do love and shall love Housman Way out of fashion, like my other young love Swinburne I spent time with them than with those thought better poets, early in life, and have no regrets It s true the alt sexuality helped in both cases Perhaps I can liken Housman to the lyrics of The Smiths I think I can.


  4. Unrequited love and youthful death are the author s recurrent themes Always forthright and devoid of the esoteric and modernistic qualities of revered poets, Housman s work, though imbued with a pronounced melancholy, is never strident or sanctimonious It is through the symmetry of theme that Housman achieves the solemnity which lends these justly celebrated poems their stature.I feel that any discussion of A E Housman s poetry should first acknowledge that he was never a poet in the same sense [...]


  5. Forgive the format but I couldn t resist I read this collection Whilst suffering the heatOf another year s vacationAnd found the writer neat While maudlin and morose,Houseman s depiction of youthful loveAs naive, beautiful and verboseFit my memories of it like a glove.


  6. To an Athlete Dying YoungThe time you won your town the raceWe chaired you through the market place Man and boy stood cheering by,And home we brought you shoulder high.Today, the road all runners come,Shoulder high we bring you home,And set you at your threshold down,Townsman of a stiller town.This is one of my favorite poems in this collection I like it so much that I can t see how any lover of poetry could fail to respond to it.


  7. Yes, I know How dreadfully unfashionable And yet I ve loved Housman s poetry since high school I love his pastiches of both Sappho and the Greek Anthology, I love the clear eyed and Stoic sense of fate and loss, I love the crisp precision This is a volume I ve had on my shelves since I was sixteen replaced over and over And it ll always be a favourite.


  8. favorite poemUntitled by A.E HousmanI to my perilsOf cheat and charmer Came clad in armourBy stars benign.Hope lies to mortalsAnd most believe her,But man s deceiverWas never mine.The thoughts of othersWere light and fleeting,Of lovers meeting Or luck or fame Mine were of trouble,And mine were steady,So I was readyWhen trouble came.


  9. Marvellous Not all poems in here are as good as each other this is to be expected in a near exhaustive collection but when Housman writes well, he writes well indeed There is a faint melancholy that fills his poetry, but which is rarely overstated His nostalgic poems on loss in war are often the best.


  10. It s really a picture of his life when read all the way through If a poem doesn t make senseen read the poem before it and the one afterwards to help Great stories altogether.



  11. This is a fine collection of Housman s poems Housman is both musical and sad Like the great, modern, sad song writers, Housman s poems put the reader into a state of appreciative melancholy My 3 favorites in the collection are representative of this All in all, highly recommended.From Last Poems IX Iniquity it is but pass the can My lad, no pair of kings our mothers bore Our only portion is the estate of man We want the moon, but we shall get no Additional Poems V Here are the skies, the planet [...]


  12. I can see why he is loved, and maybe when i re read this book I will be in a melancholic state so I can identify with him Two poems really caught my attention though, and for that I am grateful I read it And, as he says They say my narrow verse is sad no wonder, Its narrow measure spans Tears of eternity, and sorrow,Not mine, but Man s This is for all ill treated fellows Unborn and unbegot, For them to read when they re in trouble And I am not.


  13. Wonderful lyrical poetry which has so many memorable lines These are often very dark with an underlying theme of tragedy and death Housman s sexuality underlies much of his verse but setting this aside, the poems are great literature I might allow that I know the country quite well, having lived there for 10 years and this certainly adds to the joy of reading his collection I have not entered a finish date because I never will finish the book.


  14. In general, I am not too fond of Housman s poetry for the simple reason that he is stark, brooding, pessimistic, disappointed e.g in love and friendship, to the point of cynicism , and morose However, even the most negative poems offer glimmers of insight, and one such example is perhaps his most famous work It is in truth iniquity on highTo cheat our sentenced souls of aught they crave,And mar the merriment as you and IFare on our long fool s errand to the grave A.E Housman, The Chestnut Casts [...]


  15. There are better and, probably, fierce poets Poets with a broader range of work, who show greater depth of subject matters and setting Poets who depend less on rhyme schemes, which can make deeply felt themes feel overly simple or insufficiently tricky or not quite grave enough or something So what Why not celebrate accessibility A.E Housman s smooth, lyrical style makes his poetry easy to absorb To dismiss it, as some do, for its rhyming and its relative ease of entry is a foolish mistake It k [...]


  16. When green buds hang in the elm like dust And sprinkle the lime like rain, Forth I wander, forth I must And drink of life again Forth I must by hedgerow bowers To look at the leaves uncurled And stand in the fields where cuckoo flowers Are lying about the world.How does it work Why is it so sad The explicit arrival of spring is undermined by the use of words at the end of the first two lines suggestive of death dust as in ashes to ashes, dust to dust the double meaning of sprinkle the lime green [...]


  17. A great classic A Five Star Poetry Book Recommended for All ReadersA E Housman was one of the great English poets, and people who are into reading English language poetry will hardly need a review they will want to have a copy of his works, and will only need to know that this is the edition to get, since it includes the canon of his work as authorized by his brother Laurence, in an attractively designed, easy to read volume There are several editions published by Holt beginning in 1940, but to [...]


  18. Not stupid stuff But reading a lot of Housman at a sitting is like consuming a sheet of marzipan I think he s best taken in smaller portions Near the entirety of his verse is in ballad meter or in one of his many minor variations on that form So tooling through three or four dozen of them at a time, they do tend to blend together because of a unanimity of theme, vocabulary and style The poems are much about the death of young men, unrequited love and pessimism In some ways, Housman thematically [...]


  19. There is a certain kind of sadness to many of the poems in this collection a sadness that in all probability stems from the Housman s struggle with his own feelings and homosexuality throughout his life The last piece of text in this collection is actually not from Housman himself, but a letter from Housman s brother that delves into this kept secret The letter was, by order, not to be opened until 25 years after his death in a time where the world was hopefully tolerant and understanding towar [...]


  20. I m not a form poet, mostly because I suck at it I usually don t read form, either, because I start to sing song it in my head when I hear the rhythm, and then I take too long to finish whatever I m reading because I sing the whole thing A E Houseman s Collected Poems are no exception I sang the collection Contrary to my normal tastes, however, I liked a lot of the poems They were beautiful I don t often say that about poetry Here s a collection of simple storied verse containing most of the reg [...]


  21. Perhaps the most surprising thing about Housman is that he wasn t a Shropshire lad at all and was quite possibly never in Shropshire at all, at least until he was buried there The blue remembered hills were what he remembered seeing at a distance from his Worcestershire home The yearning tone of many of these poems reflects the unfulfilled life he led as well as his sympathy for those whose lives were unfulfilled in ways different from his I m thinking particularly of Is My Team Ploughing A seri [...]


  22. every now and again Housman fits my mood perfectly mainly when i m feeling unbearably pessimistic and broken Having read about his apparently unrequited love for his dear friend Jackson makes Housman s poetry even depressing to read If you re in a good mood, his writing will seem either petty or change your disposition rather drastically If you re miserable, hide anything sharp before reading.


  23. What stood out in Housman s writing was the interesting way he mixed humor and grief It was a clever style that created some unique poems However, it remains as 4, instead of 5, stars because there was nothing that stood out to me as one of the best It simply had a clever feel that made it interesting to read.


  24. I fell in love with A.E Housman s poetry when I was a freshman in high school Easily my favorite poet, his written word often leaves me with goosebumps and tears welling up in my eyes That, to me, is the sign of true talent I cannot say enough about this man s work Buy the book You won t be sorry.


  25. Houseman did not have a large output of material but it only serves to show the quality of his work, only picking up his pen when he was truly inspired payed off One of my favourite British poets Tender and timeless.


  26. If he d never written anything but Into my heart an air that kills and The night is freezing fast , then he would be a great poet He has such a constant voice, style, idiom and theme so perfectly matched always This should be on the shelf of anyone who loves poetry.


  27. I ve gone through phases with Housman I loved his poetry in high school, then in college I decided it was too simple Now, I love it for its surface simplicity hidden depths My all time favorite is Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff.


  28. It is hard to rate the indispensable books in your life I can t imagine never having encountered Housman, nor what my poetry would be like if I hadn t It doesn t matter much to me if it s good, only that it s there.


  29. I don t mind reading about sad topics or death or misery Housman made me miserable with him, but only sometimes because the writing drew me in Many of these poems just grated on my nerves, but the occasional gem made it worth the read.


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