Tag Archives: A. E. Housman

Lebron Held the Sky Suspended

The Lakers signed Lebron James and two years later have a championship. While some see him as a mercenary, A.E. Housman has good things to say about mercenaries.

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Wanted: Teachers, Not Martyrs

Some say teachers should, like soldiers, should put their lives on the line. This A.E. Housman poem brings up the question of whether even soldiers should do so when there sacrifice will be meaningless.

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Celebrating the Sun

Friday – Summer Solstice Cultures and civilizations since time immemorial have celebrated the summer solstice, with many magnificent works of architecture (including Stonehenge, the Temple of the Sun at Machu Picchu, the Egyptian pyramids, the Mayans’ Chichen Itza, and Scotland’s Ring of Brodgar) constructed so as to mark the date. Spiritual author Starhawk discusses the […]

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A Light Exists in Spring

Thursday – First Day of Spring I’ll let Emily Dickinson usher in the new season with “A Light exists in Spring.” I like how the poet describes this time of year as elusive, a sentiment found in a number of other magnificent spring poems, including A. E. Housman’s “Loveliest of Trees” and Robert Frost’s “Nothing […]

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Soldier, I Wish You Well

Here’s an A.E. Housman poem to honor our men and women in uniform on Veterans Day.

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Out There the World Is Cruel and Loud

The Prodigal Son is a fruitful story for artist projection.

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Poetry Is Stupid (But Will Save Your Life)

Reading poetry is a life insurance policy for when things go bad, Housman tells us.

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Young People Fighting Old People’s Wars

Memorial Day Today we honor our soldiers killed in the line of duty.  Many of them were idealistic, most of them were young.  I offer up today an enigmatic poem by A.E. Housman that captures, in an understated way, the tragedy of their deaths.  The poem is unusual in that it talks about soldiers having a choice. […]

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On Cherry Trees and Time Passing

The ornamental cherry trees on St. Mary’s College campus are in full bloom at the moment.  Few moments of the spring are more beautiful.  I remember the shock a number of years ago when a beaver moved into the area and took them all down.  The animal was deported, new trees were planted, and now […]

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