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A Shropshire Lad by A.E. Housman
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Feb 02, 2010

it was amazing
Read in January, 2003

Along with Thomas Hardy a poet of true talent froa similar time in the early 20th. Houseman had real trouble writing after 'Shropshire' and I think it had to do with him not being able to refind his muse, the same conditions, the words.
I can understand. These poems are simply written but perfect meditations
on a young mans life in an imagined small town of the soul.
'When I was one-and-twenty / I heard him say again, / ‘The heart out of the bosom / Was never given in vain; / ’Tis paid with sighs a plenty / And sold for endless rue’, / And I am two-and-twenty, / And oh, ’tis true, ’tis true.'

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