Published at the author’s own expense in 1896, after rejection from publishers, this collection contains a cycle of 63 poems. Despite exploring themes of lost love, obsession, pessimism, and death, the poems touched English readers and the book became a best seller during the Second Boer War and World War I. The collection, set in a half-imagined pastoral Shropshire, includes the well-known poems "When I Was One-and-Twenty", "To an Athlete Dying Young", and "Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now".
The turn of the 20th century saw radical developments in all art forms and particularly in poetry. The first volume of this series features the work of nine significant poets whose careers cover the period from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.
"Collection of poems, very well read"
One of the foremost classicists of his age this collection of Housman's poetry is read by V.C. Clinton-Baddeley, C. Day Lewis, Robert Donat and David Moore.
Recorded shortly before his death in 1958, Academy Award winning actor Robert Donat reads more of his favourite poetry, including works by A. E. Housman, John Keats, William Shakespeare, and Rupert Brooke.