Thursday, June 28, 2007

Kermode on Housman

A fantastic article on the British poet A.E. Housman by Frank Kermode.

I particularly like this line: "Housman’s own pronouncements, in prose and verse, on the meaning of life tend to be stoical; there were things he enjoyed, but he did not seem to enjoy them very much."

I also greatly liked the author bio: "Frank Kermode is trying to write about E.M. Forster."

Housman is someone whom I thought I had and could have no admiration for (as far as I can say, his English verse is as saccharine as a Jolly Rancher), but this is such a good and intriguing summation of his life and person, that I may have to give something by him a look.

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