Alfred Edward Housman

(26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936 / Worcestershire)

Alfred Edward Housman Poems

81. Hughley Steeple 1/3/2003
82. Look Not In My Eyes, For Fear 1/3/2003
83. On Moonlit Heath And Lonesome Bank 1/3/2003
84. The Chestnut Casts His Flambeaux 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. Ho, Everyone That Thirsteth 1/3/2003
89. Stars 1/3/2003
90. Oh, When I Was In Love With You 1/3/2003
91. The Laws Of God, The Laws Of Man 1/3/2003
92. In My Own Shire, If I Was Sad 1/3/2003
93. If By Chance Your Eye Offend You 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. Diffugere Nives 1/3/2003
103. Could Man Be Drunk Forever 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. You Smile Upon Your Friend To-Day 1/3/2003
107. Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff 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. To An Athlete Dying Young 1/3/2003
116. Here Dead We Lie 12/24/2003

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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

Along The Field As We Came By

ALONG the field as we came by
A year ago, my love and I,
The aspen over stile and stone
Was talking to itself alone.
‘Oh who are these that kiss and pass?
A country lover and his lass;
Two lovers looking to be wed;
And time shall put them both to bed,
But she shall lie with earth above,
And he beside another love.’

And sure enough beneath the tree
There walks another love with me,
And overhead the aspen heaves
Its rainy-sounding silver leaves;
And I spell nothing in their stir,
But now perhaps they speak ...

Read the full of Along The Field As We Came By

Reveille

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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