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Christopher Ricks,A. E. Housman






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Collected Poems and Selected Prose e-book

by Christopher Ricks,A. E. Housman

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Housman: Collected Poems Collected Poems" by . Housman, being one of the most famous and widely read poets of the early twentieth century, is certainly worthy of praise. His 'Collected Poems' are therefore a valuable read because they allow readers to gain an impression of the author's mind, opinions and lifestyle.

Christopher Ricks called it the best thing Housman ever did, but Housman chose not to publish it during his lifetime. The double meaning of ‘tongue’ is a nice touch (the speaker’s tongue, but also the tongue of the bell in the tower). You might also like our pick of Oscar Wilde’s best poems and Edward Thomas’s greatest poems. The author of this article, Dr Oliver Tearle, is a literary critic and lecturer in English at Loughborough University.

Christopher Ricks is a Warren Professor of the Humanities .

He was formerly professor of English at the universities of Bristol and Cambridge. Housman: Collected Poems and Selected Prose (1988), Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909–1917 by . Eliot (1996), The Oxford Book of English Verse (1999), Selected Poems of James. Henry (2002), and Decisions and Revisions in .

116 poems of Alfred Edward Housman. Still I Rise, The Road Not Taken, If You Forget Me, Dreams, Annabel Lee. Usually known as A. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the genera. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. Lyrical and almost epigrammatic in form, the poems were mostly written before 1900.

A collection that all the major long poems and sequences, and every shorter poem of lasting value in Stevens' career. The Necessary Angel: Essays on Reality and the Imagination. Rich treasury of verse from the 19th and 20th centuries, selected for popularity and literary quality, includes Poe's "The Raven," Whitman's "I Hear America Singing," as well as poems by Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, Mariann. Collected Poetry & Prose. by Wallace Stevens · Joan Richardson · Frank Kermode.

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Beckett's Dying Words (1993). True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound (2010).

Housman, Laurence, . Some Poems, Some Letters and a Personal Memoir by his Brother (London: Jonathan Cape, 1937). Page, Norman, ‘Housman, Alfred Edward (1859–1936)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004). Palmer, Christopher and Stephen Banfield, 'A E Housman', The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London: Macmillan, 2001). Shaw, Robin, "Housman's Places" (The Housman Society, 1995).

This volume contains all of Housman's poetry (including his nonsense verse) It also includes a selection of Housman's critical prose, notably his lecture "On the Name and Nature of Poetry", as well as a selection from his letters.
Excellent Penguin collection of poetry and a very large collection of Housman's prose which greatly enhanced my already high opinion of his character and his intellect.
I have never known how Housman got away with it, living at the time he did. He failed to obtain honours in his final Schools at Oxford but finished his life as Professor of Latin at Cambridge. He treated his fellow scholars with scarifying contempt in print. His poetry makes it clear without quite flaunting it that he was homoerotic (he would have hated 'homosexual'as being half-Greek half-Latin), and he was not only an atheist but downright blasphemous.
Obviously he is best known for his poetry. He was, or affected to be, surprised by the popular success of A Shropshire Lad with its pervasive fixation with death, but the reason is easy to see -- Housman's poetry is catchy. It has 'tingle-factor' in a big way, and the deadly simplicity haunts the memory
'So here I'll watch the night and wait
To see the morning shine
When he will hear the stroke of eight
And not the stroke of nine'
(of a man due to be hanged the next morning). In The Name and Nature of Poetry he makes a very entertaining attempt, largely at the expense of the eighteenth century style, to explain what poetry meant to him, but he gets the point across far better and more briefly in an address on Swinburne when he says 'poetry is a tone of voice, a way of saying things'. That illuminates the matter far better for me than any amount of pretentious lit crit.
The finest and most characteristic of all his poems is in Latin, the dedication of his great edition of Manilius to Moses Jackson. Those who have been privileged to study Greek and Latin while they were still mainstream subjects are not likely to forget its last four lines, among the most awesome in any language I can read, but in general I go along with the assessment of him as 'an absolutely marvellous minor poet'. As a scholar he was among the greatest, and he enlivened the dusty pages of classical scholarship with some of the most entertaining prose I have ever read. His address to the Classical Association is entitled uncompromisingly The Application of Thought to Textual Criticism, and his final words to his 'peers' -- 'one thing above all others is necessary, and that is to have a head, not a pumpkin, on your shoulders, and brains, not pudding, in your head' is only one specimen I can never forget. 'The habit of treading in ruts and trooping in companies that men share with sheep' or 'Stoeber's reprint of Bentley's text, with a commentary intended to refute it, saw the light in 1767 in Strasbourg, a city still famous for its geese' are others.
I neither know nor care what his relationship with Jackson amounted to in practice other than that Jackson was the love of his life. He did not hesitate to to publish in the press his brilliant satirical poem on the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde, and I gather there was a tacit understanding among the dons of Trinity never to refer to his poetry. That poem ends with another of his great fixations
'He can curse the God that made him for the colour of his hair.' Like other notable atheists, e.g. Johannes Brahms, Housman knew the scriptures inside-out and he made witty use of them -- I treasure in particular the scholar who 'has rendered Greek nonsense into English nonsense and gone on his way rejoicing'.
The photograph of him on the cover of this book is more favourable than many others which make him look as if he was descended from a long line of maiden aunts, as someone once said. Be that as it may, I recommend this book to anyone not yet familiar with a great mind and a brilliant and fascinating writer.
This is a first rate edition of Housman's poetry and considerably more, including some of his prose and letters. The latter will largely be of interest to scholars and most will read this book for the poetry. As a poet, Housman's reputation rests on his 2 slender collections, A Shropshire Lad, and Last Poems. Some additional poems, including deft parodies, were published posthumously, but the real meat is in Shropshire and Last.

Preoccupation with death, the transience of life and youth, and frustrated love are the themes of this poetry. Housman's relatively short, powerful lyrics, direct style, and remarkably evocative phrases (has anyone ever described a youthful relaxed summer better than "the idle hill of summer") make many of these poems among the most anthologized in the English language.

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