A.E. Housman is best known for his book of poems ‘A Shropshire Lad’, in which he captured the essence of Shropshire.
The ‘A Shropshire Lad’ poems were mostly written before 1900. Their wistful evocation of doomed youth in the English countryside, in spare language and distinctive imagery, appealed strongly to late Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian taste, and to many early twentieth century English composers both before and after the First World War. Through their song-settings the poetry became closely associated with that era, and with Shropshire itself.
Housman was counted one of the foremost classicists of his age, and ranks as one of the greatest scholars of all time. He established his reputation publishing as a private scholar and on the strength and quality of his work was appointed Professor of Latin at UCL and later at Cambridge. He loved the Shropshire Hills and the towns and villages of south Shropshire and weekend breaks are an ideal way to find out why Shropshire so inspired him.
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