Alfred Edward Housman

(26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936 / Worcestershire)

Alfred Edward Housman Poems

81. Bring, In This Timeless Grave To Throw 1/3/2003
82. Fragment Of A Greek Tragedy 12/31/2002
83. Now Hollow Fires Burn Out To Black 1/3/2003
84. Hughley Steeple 1/3/2003
85. The Day Of Battle 1/3/2003
86. Tell Me Not Here, It Needs Not Saying 1/3/2003
87. Others, I Am Not The First 1/3/2003
88. Stars 1/3/2003
89. Oh, When I Was In Love With You 1/3/2003
90. The Laws Of God, The Laws Of Man 1/3/2003
91. In My Own Shire, If I Was Sad 1/3/2003
92. If By Chance Your Eye Offend You 1/3/2003
93. Ho, Everyone That Thirsteth 1/3/2003
94. Far In A Western Brookland 1/3/2003
95. I Hoed And Trenched And Weeded 1/3/2003
96. 1887 1/3/2003
97. If Truth In Hearts That Perish 1/3/2003
98. Bredon Hill 1/3/2003
99. Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries 1/3/2003
100. With Rue My Heart Is Laden 1/3/2003
101. Eight O'Clock 1/3/2003
102. Could Man Be Drunk Forever 1/3/2003
103. Diffugere Nives 1/3/2003
104. Farewell To Barn And Stack And Tree 1/3/2003
105. From Far, From Eve And Morning 1/3/2003
106. Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff 1/3/2003
107. You Smile Upon Your Friend To-Day 1/3/2003
108. Is My Team Ploughing 1/3/2003
109. Into My Heart An Air That Kills 1/3/2003
110. When I Was One-And-Twenty 1/3/2003
111. Loveliest Of Trees, The Cherry Now 1/3/2003
112. The Carpenter's Son 1/3/2003
113. Along The Field As We Came By 12/31/2002
114. Be Still, My Soul, Be Still 1/3/2003
115. Here Dead We Lie 12/24/2003
116. To An Athlete Dying Young 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
    --KAVIN CHARALAN

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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...'
    Best
    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

Be Still, My Soul, Be Still

Be still, my soul, be still; the arms you bear are brittle,
Earth and high heaven are fixt of old and founded strong.
Think rather,-- call to thought, if now you grieve a little,
The days when we had rest, O soul, for they were long.

Men loved unkindness then, but lightless in the quarry
I slept and saw not; tears fell down, I did not mourn;
Sweat ran and blood sprang out and I was never sorry:
Then it was well with me, in days ere I was born.

Now, and I muse for why and never find the reason,
I pace the earth, and drink the air, and feel the sun. ...

Read the full of Be Still, My Soul, Be Still

The Rainy Pleiads Wester

The rainy Pleiads wester,
Orion plunges prone,
The stroke of midnight ceases
And I lie down alone.

The rainy Pleiads wester,
And seek beyond the sea
The head that I shall dream of
That will not dream of me.