A Shropshire Lad and Other Poems
The Collected Poems of A.E. Housman
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Shropshire Lad and Other Poems by A. E. Housman
Book DescriptionA.E. Housman was one of the best-loved poets of his day, and A Shropshire Lad and Other Poems is a collection of poems whose elegant simplicity of form belies their hidden complexities. This Penguin Classics edition is introduced by Nick Laird with revisions by Archie Burnett and an afterword by John Sparrow. 'What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those?' In this collection, A. E. Housman's poems, including'To an Athlete Dying Young', 'Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now' and 'When I Was One-and-Twenty', conjure up a potent and idyllic rural world imbued with a poignant sense of loss and sadness. Their scope is wide - ranging from religious doubt and doomed love to intense nostalgia for the countryside and patriotic celebration of the life of the soldier - and they are made all the more memorable by their distinctive diction and perfectly modulated rhythm and sound. 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. This edition has been revised by Archie Burnett and includes updated notes on the text and indexes of first lines and titles. In his afterword, John Sparrow discusses Housman's methods of writing and melancholic temperament. Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936) usually known as A.E. Housman, was an English poet and classical scholar, now best known for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. If you enjoyed A Shropshire Lad and Other Poems, you might like John Clare's Selected Poems, also available in Penguin Classics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140424744
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Jul-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author A. E. Housman
Nine Essays, Paperback (February 2016)
Originally published in 1927, this book presents a selection of previously unprinted essays by the classical scholar John Arthur Platt (1860-1925).
Shropshire Lad, Hardback (April 2012)
Collects poems that are evocative of the blue hills of the poet's youth. In this half-imaginary land of lost content, the recurring theme is one of the helplessness of man against an achingly beautiful countryside.
Astronomicon: Volume 4, Liber Quartus, Paperback (November 2011)
This volume contains the Latin text of the fourth book of Manilius, first published in 1920 and then reissued in a second edition in 1937.
Astronomicon: Volume 1, Liber Primus, Paperback (June 2011)» View all books by A. E. Housman
The Latin text of the first book of Manilius, originally published in 1903 and then reissued in a second edition in 1937.
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Author Biography - A. E. Housman
Alfred Edward Housman (March 26, 1859 - April 30, 1936), usually known as A.E. Housman, was an English poet and classical scholar, now best known for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. Nick Laird was born in 1975 in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He was a scholar at Cambridge University and spent a year at Harvard as a visiting fellow. He also worked for several years as a litigator and arbitration lawyer in London and Warsaw. The author of the poetry collections To A Fault (Faber/Norton) and On Purpose (Faber/Norton), he has received several prestigious awards for both poetry and fiction, including the 2005 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Award. His first novel, Utterly Monkey (Fourth Estate/Harper Collins) won the Betty Trask Prize for best first novel and was shortlisted for Irish Novel of the Year and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. His second novel, Glover's Mistake, was published by 4th Estate in the spring of 2009.
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