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A E. Housman: A Shropshire Lad [Leather Bound]

A. E. Housman , Laurence Housman
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Nov 2007

A.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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Leather Bound: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Griffin (Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955434912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955434914
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,523,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 7 July 2014
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Entirely as expected, and swift service -great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to keep. 22 Aug 2013
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Love many of his poems,and this does give a very comprehensive view of his work.
You would need to like this type of poem,to enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shropshire Lad 4 July 2011
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I love this collection. Great bonus is the transcription towards the end of the book of a Houseman lecture, his insights to the nature of poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-formatted for Kindle 3 14 Sep 2010
By Robert Hoeppner - Published on Amazon.com
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There IS a clickable table of contents; however, it's disabled in Menu - Go To... The Table of Contents lists the introduction, books (A Shropshire Lad, Last Poems, More Poems, Additional Poems, Translations), Appendix, Notes, Index of First Lines, and Index of Titled Poems, not the individual poems. The indices are hyperlinked, so they can take you to the poem by title or first line. In some places phrases are hyperlinked in poems. Clicking the hyperlink takes you to the Notes section for alternate phrases that were used for some version of the poem. So far, my experience with Penguin Books is that they are very well formatted for Kindle 3. If you like Housman, and if you have a Kindle 3, I think you will be very well satisfied with this. And, to top it off, the Kindle version is available before the print version!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent poems 12 July 2013
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Been looking for this for sometime in SIngapore but could not get it.
Proved to be a good wait for it.
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