AE Housman

AE Housman (1859 – 1936) was a classical scholar and poet, best known for his lyrical cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad published in 1896. The cycle of 63 poems includes a number which came to be closely associated with the First World War – perhaps because of their preoccupation with mortality and their celebration of a pastoral ideal. The poems were written while Housman was living in London and before he had even been to Shropshire, but remain popular to this day.

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