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Why Poetry?

Questioner: I teach five-year-olds and we’ve been doing poetry — they love writing it. But making them sit down and recite poems would just be a waste of their time and a waste of my time. 351 more words



“Because I liked you better
Than suits a man to say,
It irked you, and I promised
I’d throw the thought away.

To put the world between us… 59 more words


Shake Hands, A E Housman - an Analysis

Formal goodbye?

Gut Reaction
Aww. That’s quite…nice, isn’t it? I’ve…tried all I can to be a good friend to you but it is never enough so…goodbye and all that, I wish you well and will be there if you need me. 646 more words

Shake Hands, AE Housman

Shake hands, we shall never be friends, all’s over;
I only vex you the more I try.
All’s wrong that ever I’ve done or said, 61 more words

Shropshire Laddishness.

For decades, I’ve been mildly obsessed with the verse of A.E. Housman. Finally, I put together a blog that puts together some of the Housman-related stuff I’ve been writing in the past year or two, plus some musical settings of Housman’s verse. 41 more words

David Harley


[I've added some material to this article in the light of some further research on Housman's life for an article elsewhere. Mostly it relates to the widely-held belief that Housman hadn't visited Shropshire at the time of the publication of A Shropshire Lad, which doesn't seem to be the case. 625 more words

A Shropshire Lad

'A Shropshire Lad' CD: Michael Raven and Joan Mills

In an article about my own settings of some of Housman’s poems, I mentioned that I hadn’t come across any other folkie settings of his verse, but that it would be surprising if there were none.  2,146 more words

A Shropshire Lad