Alfred Edward Housman

(26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936 / Worcestershire)

Alfred Edward Housman Poems

41. The Stinging Nettle 1/3/2003
42. Say, Lad, Have You Things To Do? 1/3/2003
43. The Immortal Part 1/3/2003
44. The Fairies Break Their Dances 1/3/2003
45. The Winds Out Of The West Land Blow 1/3/2003
46. Loitering With A Vacant Eye 1/3/2003
47. When The Lad For Longing Sighs 1/3/2003
48. O Why Do You Walk (A Parody) 1/3/2003
49. Oh Fair Enough Are Sky And Plain 1/3/2003
50. The Merry Guide 1/3/2003
51. When Smoke Stood Up From Ludlow 1/3/2003
52. On Your Midnight Pallet Lying 1/3/2003
53. The Street Sounds To The Soldiers' Tread 1/3/2003
54. The Welsh Marches 1/3/2003
55. Wake Not For The World-Heard Thunder 1/3/2003
56. Twice A Week The Winter Thorough 1/3/2003
57. When I Watch The Living Meet 1/3/2003
58. Shot? So Quick, So Clean An Ending? 1/3/2003
59. The New Mistress 1/3/2003
60. There Pass The Careless People 1/3/2003
61. March 1/3/2003
62. The Lads In Their Hundreds 1/3/2003
63. Reveille 1/3/2003
64. The Recruit 1/3/2003
65. The Rainy Pleiads Wester 1/3/2003
66. Oh Stay At Home, My Lad 1/3/2003
67. Think No More, Lad 1/3/2003
68. Oh Who Is That Young Sinner 1/3/2003
69. On Moonlit Heath And Lonesome Bank 1/3/2003
70. White In The Moon The Long Road Lies 1/3/2003
71. It Nods And Curtseys And Recovers 1/3/2003
72. The Grizzly Bear 1/3/2003
73. The Lent Lily 1/3/2003
74. Look Not In My Eyes, For Fear 1/3/2003
75. In Valleys Of Springs And Rivers 1/3/2003
76. The Chestnut Casts His Flambeaux 1/3/2003
77. On Wenlock Edge The Wood's In Trouble 1/3/2003
78. As Through The Wild Green Hills Of Wyre 1/3/2003
79. The True Lover 1/3/2003
80. On The Idle Hill Of Summer 1/3/2003

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  • Ted G (6/24/2018 8:58:00 AM)

    Not a poetry related question, but possibly someone here can help me. I seem to remember reading a short bit by Housman about seeing tears in his father's eyes for the first time upon seeing the black bordered newspaper the day Queen Victoria died. Am I attributing my memory to the wrong author?

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  • Ian K (7/23/2017 12:43:00 PM)

    The master of melancholy! Housman was in fact a rather embittered but brilliant academic and a homosexual at a time when it was not only illegal but something that had for most to remain repressed. I suppose therefore that this informs all his work and is fairly obvious, in hindsight, in some of the poems at least.

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  • Jeanann Kerr (8/13/2013 8:19:00 PM)

    Does anyone know the title of Housman's poem cited in The Walkabout? It is a lovely poem but I can't find it in Bartlett's. Thanks. Ms. Kerr

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  • Sankaran Ayya Sankaran Ayya (2/2/2012 7:31:00 AM)

    poetry should appeal to emotions rather than to the intellect
    Housman's golden words, poetry writers should appreciate and follow
    as cardinal principle

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  • Mark Adams (1/9/2012 6:05:00 PM)

    From a biography I read on Housman (I sorry I don't recall the title or author) , Housman was believed to have possibly been homosexual, and was suspected by some family members as being so. If this was truly the case, I believe it may put different light on the point of few of some of his poems.

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  • Maria Gough (9/26/2006 11:41:00 AM)

    Thank you for your daily poem!

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  • Richard Stivelman (6/17/2006 1:30:00 PM)

    Thanks for all the Housman. I believe, however, that you have a 'typo' in the poem 'Look Not In my Eyes'. I believe it shoud read '...for fear they (not 'thy') mirror true...'
    Dick Stivelman

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  • Artie Thayer (10/4/2003 6:16:00 AM)

    Thank you for making this poem available. In the movie, Out of Africa, Karen Blitzen reads from a book of poems. The title is partially obliterated, but I could see Hous... and assumed Houseman. I was able to find it on your site. What a fine poem. Thanks again. - artie

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Best Poem of Alfred Edward Housman

The Carpenter's Son

"Here the hangman stops his cart:
Now the best of friends must part.
Fare you well, for ill fare I:
Live, lads, and I will die.

"Oh, at home had I but stayed
'Prenticed to my father's trade,
Had I stuck to plane and adze,
I had not been lost, my lads.

"Then I might have built perhaps
Gallows-trees for other chaps,
Never dangled on my own,
Had I left but ill alone.

"Now, you see, they hang me high,
And the people passing by
Stop to shake their fists and curse;
So 'tis come from ill to worse.

"Here hang I, and right ...

Read the full of The Carpenter's Son


Wake: the silver dusk returning
Up the beach of darkness brims,
And the ship of sunrise burning
Strands upon the eastern rims.

Wake: the vaulted shadow shatters,
Trampled to the floor it spanned,
And the tent of night in tatters
Straws the sky-pavilioned land.

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