The Poems of A. E. Housman

Hardcover | November 1, 1997

byA. E. HousmanEditorArchie Burnett

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This is the first complete edition of A. E. Housman's poetry, unprecedented in the extent to which it reveals the shaping processes of his poetic thought. To the major poetry of The Collected Poems (1939) it adds a substantial body of light verse and juvenilia, some of it printed, orcollected, for the first time; and it revises the texts - particularly the posthumously published poems and notebook fragments - in the light of a comprehensive survey of manuscript and printed sources, recording all textual variants. As well as charting his compositional practices, the editionilluminates the many sources, from Biblical and Classical to contemporary, which influenced Housman - consciously or unconsciously - in his choice of ideas, images, and phraseology. Drawing on the poet's two commonplace books, works he is known to have read, and volumes from his library, theeditor's commentary traces the remarkable range of his echoes and allusions, which have never before been explored in such detail. The introduction and commentary also cover dating and other textual matters, information on persons, places, and historical context, and Housman's linguisticusage.

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This is the first complete edition of A. E. Housman's poetry, unprecedented in the extent to which it reveals the shaping processes of his poetic thought. To the major poetry of The Collected Poems (1939) it adds a substantial body of light verse and juvenilia, some of it printed, orcollected, for the first time; and it revises the tex...

Archie Burnett was born in Scotland in 1950 and studied at the University of Edinburgh before completing his DPhil at the University of Oxford in 1977, with a thesis on Milton's language. He was Junior Research Fellow of St John's College, Oxford 1974-8 then Lecturer and eventually Professor in English at Oxford Brookes University 197...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:640 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.89 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198123221

ISBN - 13:9780198123224

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AbbreviationsIntroduction - Arrangement of the Poems; MSS, Printed Editions, and the Choice of Copy-Text; Copy-Text Conventions; The Textual Apparatus; Symbols Used; Dates of Composition; CommentaryTHE TEXTS: A Shropshire Lad; Last Poems; More Poems; Additional Poems; Translations; Notebook Fragments; Light Verse and Juvenilia; Latin VerseAccidental VariantsCommentaryIndex of Titles and First Lines

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... an impressive work of scholarship, meticulous in its research, clear in its presentation, thoughtful in it arguments and evaluations - and not without touches of dry humour./ ... a wonderful scholarly enterprise./ Like it or not, we are going to have to change our views of some of thepoems Housman wrote, as we seem now to have them in a form nearer to what he probably intended;/ Archie Burnett has fulfilled his editor's duty superbly;/ Alan Holden (journal not named)