Birth date: March 26, 1859
Died: April 30, 1936
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The fourth, and final, Dover poetry anthology I am reviewing. As with the others, it is an easily portable, inexpensive book. Includes work by 58 poets. Ten were born before 1600, another six in the 17th century, twelve in the 18th century, and two in the 20th century. So 28 were born in the 19th c...
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8/2012 I come to Housman when I'm hollow, when I'm lost, when I'm confused. I come here when I need to come here, and he takes me in, he comforts me with snark, with acute observation, with hilarity and bottomless woe. There's nobody, nobody at all like Housman. I have entire swaths of this by hear...
There are some nice lyrical moments but on the whole the repetitive "Ecclesiastes" type theme gets old fairly quick. Almost every poem is about death, and many of them say much the same thing in much the same way.