A E Housman's Poetry
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A E Housman - Biography
Alfred Edward Housman was born (Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England) on 26 March 1859 and died on 30 April 1936 (Cambridge, England). He was a classical scholar and poet. A Shropshire Lad (1896) poetry collection is his most popular work, which appealed to an Edwardian readership.
Housman’s parents were Edward and Sarah. He was the eldest of seven children. Clemence Housman (sister) and Laurence Housman (brother) became renowned writers.
He earned an open scholarship to St John's College, Oxford in 1877. There he studied classics.
In 1936, aged 77, Housman died in Cambridge. His ashes are buried just outside St Laurence's Church, Ludlow, Shropshire. A cherry tree was planted there in his memory.
A E Housman - 'The Carpenter's Son' - Annotation
Annotation prompts for A E Housman's 'The Carpenter's Son'.
'The Carpenter's Son' is referring to a hanging, but we are reminded that the condemned shares Jesus' fate.
The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further analysis and interpretation.