The Poetry of Housman

I’ve been re-reading the wonderful poetry of A E Housman. I first came across him as a child (what a precocious little boy I must have been)! and have gained so much pleasure from him ever since. The first poem I ever remember hearing of his is On Wenlock Edge. To me it speaks of the connection between generations, the connectedness of the generations. The same wind remains but the generations come and go. This poem is truly beautiful and speaks to the heart.

On Wenlock Edge the wood’s in trouble
His forest fleece the Wrekin heaves;
The gale, it plies the saplings double,
And thick on Severn snow the leaves.

‘Twould blow like this through holt and hanger
When Uricon the city stood:
‘Tis the old wind in the old anger,
But then it threshed another wood.

Then, ’twas before my time, the Roman
At yonder heaving hill would stare:
The blood that warms an English yeoman,
The thoughts that hurt him, they were there.

There, like the wind through woods in riot,
Through him the gale of life blew high;
The tree of man was never quiet:
Then ’twas the Roman, now ’tis I.

The gale, it plies the saplings double,
It blows so hard, ’twill soon be gone:
To-day the Roman and his trouble
Are ashes under Uricon.”

Kevin

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I live and work in London and blog as a hobby. If you would like to contact me please send an email to animalia at shiftmail.com (the address is rendered in this manner in order to try and defeat spammers)!
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