Expressed in simple rhythms, they show a fine ear for the subtleties of meter and alliteration, and they touch on subjects ranging from religious doubt and doomed love to patriotic celebration of the soldier and intense nostalgia for the countryside. This volume brings together the works Housman published in his lifetime, A Shropshire Lad and Last Poems , along with many posthumous selections and three translations of extracts from Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripedes that display his mastery of classical literature. This edition has been revised by Archie Burnett and includes updated notes on the text and indexes of first lines and titles.
It is introduced by Nick Laird and includes an afterword by John Sparrow. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
With more than 1. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. Housman , was an English poet and classical scholar, now best known for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. Ralph Vaughan Williams produced his most famous settings of six songs, the cycle On Wenlock Edge , for string quartet, tenor and piano dedicated to Gervase Elwes in ,  and it became very popular after Elwes recorded it with the London String Quartet and Frederick B.
Kiddle in Butterworth's death on the Somme in was considered a great loss to English music; Ivor Gurney, another most important setter of Housman Ludlow and Teme , a work for voice and string quartet, and a song-cycle on Housman works, both of which won the Carnegie Award  experienced emotional breakdowns which were popularly but wrongly believed to have arisen from shell-shock. Hence the fatalistic strain of the poems, and the earlier settings, foreshadowed responses to the universal bereavement of the First World War and became assimilated into them.
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 Elwes had been closely identified with English wartime morale, having given six benefit performances of The Dream of Gerontius on consecutive nights in , and many concerts in France in for British soldiers.
Gerald Finzi repeatedly began settings, though never finished any. Even composers not directly associated with the 'pastoral' tradition, such as Arnold Bax, Lennox Berkeley and Arthur Bliss, were attracted to Housman's poetry. A catalogue listed musical settings of Housman's poems.
A Shropshire Lad and Other Poems
The impact in music of Housman's poetry has not been limited in time, place or style. References to and quotations from Housman are frequent in English language literature. Visual art. A plaque honouring the poet is also installed on the church grounds. Film and television.
Nicolas Roeg's film Walkabout concludes with lines from A Shropshire Lad , spoken by a narrator. Toward the end of the film, she accepts a drink from the exclusive all men's club in Nairobi, and toasts "rose-lipped maidens, lightfoot lads" -- an allusion to Housman's "With Rue My Heart Is Laden".
Morse also quotes the last stanza of the poem 27 minutes into the episode. A fragment of his poem is quoted in The History Boys by Hector. The sci fi miniseries "Firestarter 2: Rekindled" based on a Stephen King novel , the villain Rainbird recites the second and third stanzas of "Others, I'm not the first" as the protagonist, Charlie, destroys a town with her pyrokinetic abilities. The lines "Ice and Fire, fear contended with desire" are used by Rainbird to describe the relationship between Charlie and himself. Houseman on you. Classical scholarship.
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