Housman, Alfred Edward

Alfred Edward Housman

Alfred Edward Housman

Read selected poems from A. E. Housman

The eldest of seven children, Alfred Edward Housman, known as A. E. Housman,  was born in Fockbury, Worcestershire on 26 March 1859. Educated at St. John’s College, Oxford he received first class honours in classical moderations. Housman was a foremost classicist of his age, and his work is still highly regarded.

A Shropshire Lad is Housman’s best known work, and is a cycle of 63 poems. The only other volume of his work published during his lifetime is Last Poems. A third volume, More Poems and an edition of Housman’s Complete Poems were released posthumously, edited by Housman’s brother, Laurence.

Housman lived pretty much as a recluse, eschewing honours and remaining out of the public eye. He died aged 77, in Cambridge.

Read selected poems from A. E. Housman