Alfred Edward Housman

  • English poet
  • Born March 26, 1859
  • Died April 30, 1936

Alfred Edward Housman (; 26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936), usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. Lyrical and almost epigrammatic in form, the poems wistfully evoke the dooms and disappointments of youth in the English countryside. Their beauty, simplicity and distinctive imagery appealed strongly to Edwardian taste, and to many early 20th-century English composers both before and after the First World War.

And malt does more than Milton can To justify the ways of God to man.

Nature not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write.

I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.