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Download The Poetry of A. E. Housman, Volume I: A Shropshire Lad Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Poetry of A. E. Housman, Volume I: A Shropshire Lad (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Alfred Edward Housman
4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5 4.10 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alfred Edward Housman Narrator: Robert Bethune Publisher: Freshwater Seas Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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A Shropshire Lad is A. E. Housman's reflections on love, death, and the eternal uncertainty of the human condition, placed in an idealized world of rural England, unpolluted by the taint of the city, but still a place where love can fail, evil can come to good people, and human beings can find themselves torn deeply by conflicting desires and feelings. Housman had great faith in his work even when he could not find a publisher and had to bring it out himself. His faith was rewarded.

The volume has become a classic of English literature and an inspiration to musicians and composers, who have set many of his poems to music. He was not prolific; his total output consists of this volume and one other (Last Poems), but his achievement places him among the world's great poets. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/11/2014

    " Wholly wonderful - the perfect distillation of what makes us human "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 12/19/2013

    " One of my all-time favorite poems is in this Housman collection, and I cant remember the name of the poem..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 10/6/2013

    " Poems about the grave, execution, dying for the Queen, and wooing your dead buddy's girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 4/6/2012

    " Housman is another favorite. Definitely read the poems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 11/29/2011

    " Really love his poetry, but the essay at the end analyzing poetry, was a bit over my head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 4/4/2011

    " The poems here are haunting yet beautiful and economic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jai | 8/23/2010

    " Pleasantly depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 11/13/2009

    " I don't like Housman as a rule although I know the Shropshire Lad is very well liked. Something about his way of looking at the world sets my teeth on edge... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Haag | 10/29/2009

    " Along with Swinburne, one of the finest and under-read poets of the Victorian Period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz B | 3/23/2009

    " I've gone through phases with Housman--I loved his poetry in high school, then in college I decided it was too simple. Now, I love it for its surface simplicity & hidden depths. My all time favorite is "Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff." "

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