Also, as you may have noticed, my blog is named after this poem. There is no one central theme in this particular poem it is a bit too vague, as my partner and I found, as well as the class when asked during the initial presentation. All of the even-numbered lines of this poem contain three segment, which is called iambic trimester. So it can only be absorbed when one is ready for it. The advise of the wise man is that money should be given as opposed to your heart, as far as love is concerned anyways. That is, unless you are very careful and spend a few frisky summers frolicking in the sun, somewhere in the Mediterranean, far away from home. To figure that out, let us first look at them not as lines of a poem, but as an ordinary sentence, as a single thought, by rearranging them slightly.
The poem opens with an older man advising the 21-year-old man to give away money and wealth, but never his heart. Professor Housman has a better sense of humor than Mr. He unexpectedly failed his final exams, but managed to pass the final year and later took a position as clerk in the Patent Office in London for ten years. About Me Name: Location: San Diego, California, United States I've taught English in San Diego City Schools for the past 25 years. He writes of youth typically not heeding wise advice.
This might be because men at this age are not yet ready mentally for what giving your heart away en. A wise person can be thought to be one who has already experienced the pain of a lost or unrequited love. The emotional depth of the poem is enhanced with the realization that Housman was pointedly not extended an invitation to attend the ceremony. Let us see if we can answer a few questions about the author of the poem, Professor Alfred Edward A. He is saying give money away but not your love. My doctor also says he is unusually well-read for a Harvard man it is never safe to read Mr. I have seen car accidents with a better sense of humor than Mr.
He might be a little bit wiser for having wasted his money on flowers and having fallen in love and then having his heart broken. I will wait while you check out. And if you are born in a cloudy land and live under a constant drizzle, some of that rain is bound to seep into your heart and drown your soul in sorrow. In 1877, he attended St. . Housman was a natural academic but mysteriously failed his finals and left Oxford without a degree. The narrator seems to think he is a wise person, of course, but why should we? Last 2 lines-age again, realizes past ignorance perhaps gained with experience.
There is something slightly, ever so slightly odd, ever so slightly off about it. Seems as straight forward to me today as it did the first time I read it more than 20 years ago at the age of 10 or 11. Sometimes the poems fall short. You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this section. Written by Timothy Sexton A Housman entered Oxford University in 1877 and did very well at first before confounding everyone by failing his examinations in 1881. While A Shropshire Lad was slow to gain in popularity, the advent of war, first in the Boer War and then in World War I, gave the book widespread appeal due to its nostalgic depiction of brave English soldiers.
It's more of moral advices and there are lines that remind us how to deal with our emotions. First, before we get started analyzing the poem itself, we must take care of a few preliminaries. You can seperate the poem into sections based on content. Both stanzas are very similar. If there is no paper available, write on your desk.
Again, this is one of those occasions where you must make a decision. The second stanza further reports information the speaker received from this same wise man. The answer may be surprising to some and obvious to others: mercenaries must be entrusted to take over the duties which God can no longer be depended upon to complete. I might consider Auden next time. From 1882 he worked for ten years in Her Majesty's Patent Office, pursuing his interest in Latin and Greek in his spare time.
If you are insane, you ask a poet. The temperature is always about 77 degrees Fahrenheit—in the shade. I am forty-one, and I am not sure we are. Professor Housman was a human being, we must remember, even though he was British. Because I Liked You Better This is another poem directed toward Moses Jackson and although the rhyming scheme lends it a certain musical quality, the eloquent choice of understated words to cover up the emotional intensity underlying them becomes almost a textbook demonstration of how Victorian morality regulated homosexual desire during the period covered by the remembrance and the composition and publication of that remembrance. I find it puzzling that anyone would even have to read an interpretation of this poem. The principal difference between Arcadia and Shropshire is the mood of those places—which is another way of saying the weather.