Poem: A. E Housman, ‘On Wenlock Edge’

A. E. Housman (1859 – 1936) was a British classical scholar who only published two volumes of poetry during his life.  He was pretty reclusive and disliked attention, which may have had something to do with his being gay in a period in which homosexual activities were illegal.  His poetry, especially in A Shropshire Lad, is pastoral and vigorous.

Shropshire is a beautiful county and reading this poem always makes me feel like I’m standing on top of a hill near Church Stretton.