A. E. Housman, 1859-1936

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Biographical note

Alfred Edward Housman was an English poet and classical scholar best known for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. The poems are pervaded by deep pessimism and preoccupation with death, without religious consolation. Housman wrote most of them while living in Highgate, London, before ever visiting that part of Shropshire which he presented in an idealised pastoral light, as his 'land of lost content'

Housman was counted one of the foremost classicists of his age, and has been ranked as one of the greatest scholars of all time.

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