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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.
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.

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.
The goal stands up, the keeper
Stands up to keep the goal.
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.
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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