Alfred Edward Housman
Worcestershire
Friday, January 3, 2003

The Carpenter's Son Comments

Rating: 3.3
"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.

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Alfred Edward Housman
COMMENTS
George Samuel 26 September 2014
Fare you well, for ill fare I: In anguish we try to forget the things we love when they live not finding a suitable way to say goodbye. Nice poem.
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Sagnik Chakraborty 26 September 2014
Beautiful allusion of the crucifixion of Christ through a secular everyday shroud.
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A wonderful poem in its nice creativity.
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Carolina Jamies 26 September 2013
nice poem but i suggest member poems should be used as poem of the day and not dead poets.thanks
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Liliana ~el 26 September 2013
Revolutionary martyr.
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Babatunde Aremu 26 September 2013
Biblical allusion at its best. A wonderful way of relating the experience of Jsus Christ on the Cross.
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Kevin Straw 26 September 2012
This seems to be a secular version of the Crucifixion. It is not saying pick up your Cross and follow me, but keep your noses clean and you will not end up on a cross!
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Pranab K Chakraborty 26 September 2011
... at home had I but stayed Much to stop here for further move. The tune is yet for our own perhaps...
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Juan Olivarez 26 September 2011
I think all of you have missed the point. This is a story of Jesus cruxifiction.
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Mishack Mchunu 26 September 2011
'Here hang I, and right and left Two poor fellows hang for theft: All the same's the luck we prove, Though the midmost hangs for love.' M so in love with this poem, thank you!
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Mishack Mchunu 26 September 2011
'Here hang I, and right and left Two poor fellows hang for theft: All the same's the luck we prove, Though the midmost hangs for love.' M so in love with this poem, thank you!
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Ramesh T A 26 September 2010
Serious matter has been made into comic matter in this poem which is quite meaningful and interesting to read!
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Rishi Menon 26 September 2009
One word: JESUS. Only a true poet can make simple statements with such synaptics. Lesser endowed like me write straight ones like The Star of Bethlehem.
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saltedpeanut blank 26 September 2009
The love Housman was referring to was obviously Jesus Christ's love for the people and he was condemned for the works and miracles he performed when the high priests recognized it as, what to them, was an attempt to throw them out of power. The rest most people know the story Jesus was hung with two common thieves, one on his left and another on the right. The number 3 is also an important biblical reference of the holy trinity. This poem has overwhelming religious undertones. I can imagine Housman as either a pious man or a boozing, lecherous, sinner who sought atonement in his works. For that answer I will have to read his bio! :)
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Michael Harmon 26 September 2009
Besides the obviousness of the title, the following quatrain seems to me to be an unequivocal allusion (and therefore religious reference) to the crucifixion of Christ: 'Here hang I, and right and left Two poor fellows hang for theft: All the same's the luck we prove, Though the midmost hangs for love.
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Guybrush Threepwood 26 September 2009
S'pose, you can't know exactly what he died for. But it is a cool poem-sort of feels like a drinking song to me, only instead of swinging a beer stein somebody is actually swinging.
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Joseph Poewhit 26 September 2009
Interesting poem. Saying, best to stay in your own backyard. YET, bringing JESUS, a carpenter, into the picture. JESUS, went forth and built a house of teachings by his word. Further, sent by the Father, for this purpose. If JESUS, stayed in his backyard, his Fathers house of teaching would not have been built. Again, interesting poem.
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Kevin Straw 26 September 2009
A secularist take on the crucifixion of Christ. Tightly written with the inspired rhyme of adze and lads.
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Robert Quilter 26 September 2008
I think i need a new word, for poems that i can say i didn't exactly enjoy (feel good) but that i certainly appreciated e.g.what we have here.Indeed a cautionary tale, this poor fellow finds himself dangling between two thieves and his crime? Love and he did not leave ill alone! Nicely constructed, little heavy handed but then the guys about to be hanged, so who can blame him? and an adze is apparantly a carpenters tool.
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Kentucky Refugee 26 September 2007
Adze is a woodworking tool. I like the poem. Is it possible to be condemned for a true love today?
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