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A. E. Housman
(1859-1936) born on
Mar 26
English scholar, poet. His lyrics express a Romantic pessimism in a spare, simple style.
         
   
F
Look not in my eyes, for fear
They mirror true the sight I see,
And there you find your face too clear
And love it and be lost like me.

R
Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.
A
The goal stands up, the keeper
Stands up to keep the goal.
N
Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out . . . Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
K
Good religious poetry . . . is likely to be most justly appreciated and most discriminately relished by the undevout.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: A Shropshire Lad," 'March'
R: Quoted in report on Great Books discussion groups; in NY "Times," 28 Feb 85
A: A Shropshire Lad," 'Bredon Hill'
N: The Name and Nature of Poetry."
K: The Name and Nature of Poetry
   


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