A. E. Housman’s Rejected Addresses

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264249
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734045 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

A. E. Housman’s Rejected Addresses

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This lecture discusses some of the different ways in which a tussle between reticence and release is played out in A. E. Housman's verse. It can be found in allusions that turn individual lines into miniature models of human relations and in its sceptical attention to commonplaces and bits of received wisdom, to name a few. The lecture also shows how the personal and cultural circumstances of Housman's poetry provoked him into the creation of an imagined alternative, which is a world where his unlucky love would be able to find an answer.

Keywords: A. E. Housman; allusions; reticence and release; human relations; personal and cultural circumstances; poetry; verse; imagined alternative

Chapter.  12203 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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