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A.E. Housman (Penguin Poetry Library)

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Published June 12th 1997
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Aug 31, 2007 Han rated it it was amazing
They say that the criticism of poets is borne out in the kind of poetry they write. The man's "does the beard bristle in the morning shave" test passes muster with his own poetry. I like the quiet plangency of the following:

Because I liked you better
Than suits a man to say,
It irked you, and I promised
To throw the thought away.

To put the world between us
We parted, stiff and dry;
'Good-bye,' said you, 'forget me.'
'I will, no fear,' said I.

If here, where clover whitens
The dead man's knoll, you
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