Thesis - Open Access
Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis analyzes the military image in the poems of A. E. Housman. The first section is a brief biographical sketch which stresses those incidents of Housman's life that most influenced his personality and poetry. Section two is an introduction to Housman's association and contact with the military and points out influences on his military poems. Section three analyzes those military poems which have autobiographical significance for the author. The fourth section is an explanation of Housman's belief that the military life is the best possible life; it also analyzes the virtues and value system of the soldier. The final section discusses the military as an escape from the misery of life, an escape either through becoming an automatonic soldier, or by reaching the ultimate in life, a brave death. All poems cited are from The Collected Poems of A. E. Housman, published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, in 1940.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Housman, A.E. (Alfred Edward), 1859-1936
South Dakota State University Theses
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Hudson, Richard Alan, "The Military Image in the Poetry of A. E. Housman" (1970). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3782.