Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1970

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Abstract

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

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

67

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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