- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin Classics; Auflage: Revised ed. (29. Juli 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0140424741
- ISBN-13: 978-0140424744
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,7 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 252.480 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Shropshire Lad and Other Poems: The Collected Poems of A.E. Housman (Penguin Classics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. Juli 2010
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"Housman’s singular vision seized hold of the English imagination, inspiring not just a literary following but a generation of composers, like George Butterworth and Ralph Vaughan Williams, who sought to do musically what Housman had done with verse: to create a new and authentically English kind of song."
A. E. Housman (1859-1936) was one of the best-loved poets of his day, whose poems conjure up a potent and idyllic rural world imbued with a poignant sense of loss and sadness. They are expressed in simple rhythms, yet show a fine ear for the subtleties of metre and alliteration. But despite the simplicity of his verse, his scope is wide-ranging from religious doubt and doomed love to intense nostalgia for the countryside and patriotic celebration of soldiers marching to battle. This volume brings together the works Housman published in his lifetime, "A Shropshire Lad" (1896) and "Last Poems" (1922), along with the posthumous selections "More Poems" and "Additional Poems", and three translations of extracts from "Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides" that display his mastery of Classical literature.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Everybody else, dip in, the water is just fine.
In Housman's poetry, there is sense, and ideas you can understand on first reading. Moreover, there are rare qualities you seldom see nowadays - rhyme, rhythm, correct grammar, proper punctuation, and words spelled so you can confirm from any English dictionary that they were used right.
Be warned however that Housman's themes are repetitious (probably explains why he never wrote much poetry - perhaps he realized he is beginning to sound like a broken record even for the little poetry he was able to write), mostly about the transitoriness of youth and the tender sadness of death. Reading him too much too often is like listening to the greatest hits collection of a minor singer - after the third song, you get tired. But you did enjoy the first two.
When I first bought this book in April 2000, the list price was only $1.00 and Amazon's price was 80c. It was good value then even for someone living in Asia. Now that there's a special surcharge, I guess it's just good value if shipping cost is minimized.
For your money, however, try to find the old edition with line drawings. That was the first time I read Housman, and the line drawings realy enhanced the haunting loneliness of the sad poems.
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"A Shropshire Lad" was Housman's first collection, originally published in 1896, and generally considered to be his greatest work. Throughout his verse runs the competing themes of duality of spirit and ambiguity which reflects his own uncomfortable relationship with the world he lived in. Though not unique to poetry Houseman was the first to be universally identified with this thematic characterization and, in many ways is a precursor to the prose of 20th century American writers such as John Cheever. Housman was a man clearly troubled and expressing in verse what he could not in life. To truly appreciate and understand him is beyond a brief book review and I would urge you to pick up a copy of "Bloom's Poets, A.E. Housman" to compliment this slim volume.
Underrated and somewhat unappreciated by those who found his demeanor challenging, Housman was caught in the murky middle between the Romantics and the coming literary giants of the 20th century. He deserves a second look and this volume is the perfect vehicle.
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