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Poetic Styles of Alfred E Housman Alfred Edward Housman son of Edward and Sarah Jane Housman was the eldest of 7 children and was born in Fockbury England in 1859 just as the US Civil War was ending Donald E Stanford 214 As a young child he was disturbed by the news of slaughter from the former British colonies and was affected deeply He was also affect by his mothers death when Housman was only twelve years old Donald E Stanford 214 This turned him into a troubled teenager and a pessimistic adult Donald E Stanford 214 This outlook on life is clearly shown in his poetry He has pursued careers as a clerk at the patent office in London as well as a professor of Latin in two colleges Bryfanski Carnek Nebdelson 353 Housman died in 1936 at Cambridge but his ashes were brought to Shropshire and buried near the north door of StLaurences Church in Ludlow Frances C Locher 216 Housman believed that people were generally evil and that life plotted against mankind This shows not only in his poetry but also in his short stories His mothers death was just the first of a series of problems that prevented Housman from living a happy and normal life Dennis Ponpard 237 Some of Housmans themes are shortness of youth and life a disbelief in the existence of god and that death is unavoidable Donald E Stanford 224 He has published many works his most popular being A Shropshire Lad It was reprinted several times because of its popularity Donald E Stanford 215 He was influenced by the songs of Shakespeare and the Bible Housman thought poetry should be felt rather than understood intellectually Since he feels that poetry is a matter of emotion rather than reason he relies on traditional auditory devices and imagery to express his point Ed Robyn V Young 162 Poetic themes Religion is theme of Housmans Housman seems
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