The first was probably the cycle A Shropshire Lad set by Arthur Somervell in 1904, who had begun to develop the concept of the English song-cycle in his version of Tennyson's Maud a little previously. He retired in 2005, residing in Northridge, California thereafter. Housman himself acknowledged the influence of the songs of , the Scottish Border Ballads and , but specifically denied any influence of Greek and Latin classics in his poetry. Housman was born on March 26, 1859 in Fockbury, Worcestershire, England, the eldest of seven children. The majority of the poems in A Shropshire Lad, his cycle of 63 poems, were written after the death of Adalbert Jackson, Housman's friend and companion, in 1892. Moses Jackson died overseas in 1923 and, from that date, Houseman wrote no more poems. Alfred Edward Housman was born in Fockbury, Worcestershire, England, on March 26, 1859, the eldest of seven children.
Yonder, lightening other loads, The seasons range the country roads, But here in London streets I ken No such helpmates, only men; And these are not in plight to bear, If they would, another's care. The two men shared lodgings for a period, but parted after some kind of quarrel, perhaps because Housman had explained his feelings: several posthumously published poems seem to suggest this. Some thirty more appeared between then and 1969. Moses Jackson moved to India in 1887. And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Other Americans composed song cycles: Alan Leichtling in 11 songs from A Shropshire Lad, set for baritone and chamber orchestra Op. Housman to Joseph Ishill: Five unpublished letters edited by William White.
Housman was counted one of the foremost classicists of. Housman: A relationship in letters. During the immediately post-war period, two other composers made extensive use of the poems in A Shropshire Lad. The original article was at. The desire, or the need, did not come upon him often, and it came usually when he was feeling ill or depressed; then whole lines and stanzas would present themselves to him without any effort, or any consciousness of composition on his part. He had been appointed Kennedy Professor of Latin at the University of Cambridge in 1911, remaining there as a Fellow of Trinity College until his death.
On russet floors, by waters idle, The pine lets fall its cone; The cuckoo shouts all day at nothing In leafy dells alone; And traveller's joy beguiles in autumn Hearts that have lost their own. Eyes the shady night has shut Cannot see the record cut, And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears: Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honours out, Runners whom renown outran And the name died before the man. He was brought up as a devout Christian, but the death of his mother on his twelfth birthday would eventually lead him to reject religion altogether. This was reinforced when their foremost interpreter and performer, Gervase Elwes who had initiated the music festivals at Brigg in Lincolnshire at which Percy Grainger and others had developed their collections of country music died in a horrific accident in 1921. When the world of bereft of life and leaves, Housman intimates in this poem, it is a barren land full of sorrow. Even though other poets have also published their editions, his edition is considered to be authoritative.
For a while he shared rooms in London with Moses Jackson, but in 1887 Jackson married and emigrated to India. And, south or north, 'tis only A choice of friends one knows, And I shall ne'er be lonely Asleep with these or those. To put the world between us We parted, stiff and dry; Goodbye, said you, forget me. The poet was dead by the time of the 1940 edition, which carried monochrome woodcuts by. He was discharged in March 1946. Adalbert Jackson died in 1892. If e'er, where clover whitens The dead man's knoll, you pass, And no tall flower to meet you Starts in the trefoiled grass, Halt by the headstone shading The heart you have not stirred, And say the lad that loved you Was one that kept his word.
His teaching and scholarship continued, however, until 1936, the year he died in his Trinity Great Court rooms. Empty heads and tongues a-talking Make the rough road easy walking, And the feather pate of folly Bears the falling sky. To put the world between us We parted stiff and dry: 'Farewell,' said you, 'forget me. Bring, in this timeless grave to throw, No cypress, sombre on the snow; Snap not from the bitter yew His leaves that live December through; Break no rosemary, bright with rime And sparkling to the cruel clime; Nor plod the winter land to look For willows in the icy brook To cast them leafless round him: bring No spray that ever buds in spring. About A E Housman Alfred Edward Housman, the eldest son of a Bromsgrove solicitor, was born in 1859.
Many colleagues were unnerved by his scathing critical attacks on those whom he found guilty of shoddy scholarship. Lie you easy, dream you light, And sleep you fast for aye; And luckier may you find the night Than you ever found the day. If this was truly the case, I believe it may put different light on the point of few of some of his poems. How green the grass is all about! In my heart it has not died, The war that sleeps on Severn side; They cease not fighting, east and west, On the marches of my breat. But the sentiment expressed in the poem is loaded with emotion, which is barely concealed by the concision of the verse. Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide.
It is in truth iniquity on high To cheat our sentenced souls of aught they crave, And mar the merriment as you and I Fare on our long fool's-errand to the grave. During this time he studied Greek and Roman classics intensively, and in 1892 was appointed professor of Latin at University College, London. The time you won your town the race We chaired you through the market-place; Man and boy stood cheering by, And home we brought you shoulder-high. Here he formed a passionate attachment to Moses Jackson, an outstanding student of science and a natural athlete; Jackson had good looks and, in the phrase of the time, manly bearing. Tall in their midst the tower Divides the shade and sun, And the clock strikes the hour And tells the time to none. Several composers created musical settings for Housman's work, deepening his popularity.