Monthly Archives: January 2015

WHEN SMOKE STOOD UP FROM LUDLOW

Today’s poem, the seventh in A Shropshire Lad, is often found in school anthologies. It is titled WHEN SMOKE STOOD UP FROM LUDLOW When smoke stood up from Ludlow, And mist blew off from Teme, And blithe afield to ploughing … Continue reading

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WHEN THE LAD FOR LONGING SIGHS

The next poem from A Shropshire Lad relates in spirit to the previous posting. Again we have the subject of a young man (a lad) and a young woman (maid) — When the Lad For Longing Sighs: When the lad … Continue reading

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OH SEE HOW THICK THE GOLDCUP FLOWERS: A SMART GIRL MAKES HER ESCAPE

Today’s poem from Alfred Edward Housman’s A Shropshire Lad is a dialogue between a young man and, it turns out, a rather clever girl: OH SEE HOW THICK THE GOLDCUP FLOWERS Oh see how thick the goldcup flowers Are lying … Continue reading

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WINTER ISOLATION: THE HOKKU OF MONOTONY

Fuyugomori. It is a Japanese word, one of the fixed expressions used in old hokku to indicate the season. As most of you know (I hope), old Japanese hokku used “season words” to indicate the season in which a hokku … Continue reading

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THE CALL TO ADVENTURE: HOUSMAN’S REVEILLE

Today’s poem, the fourth in Alfred Edward Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, is titled Reveille. The word, of French origin, is used in the military to mean the bugle call that wakes the soldiers. But here it is used in a … Continue reading

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TILL LUDLOW TOWER IS DOWN: HOUSMAN’S RECRUIT

Yesterday I discussed the first poem in Alfred Edward Housman’s A Shropshire Lad collection. It was largely a remembrance of Shropshire men who died in the British military. The next poem in the collection, Loveliest of Trees, was discussed on … Continue reading

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FIRE ON THE HEIGHTS: HOUSMAN’S FROM CLEE TO HEAVEN

If you have seen the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, you may recall the rather thrilling scene when, in great need, a fire was lit atop a height to call far-off warriors to battle and to aid. ┬áThat fiery … Continue reading

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