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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264249

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264249.001.0001

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A. E. Housman’s Rejected Addresses

A. E. Housman’s Rejected Addresses

Chatterton Lecture on Poetry

(p.82) (p.83) A. E. Housman’s Rejected Addresses
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

British Academy

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

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