»  A.E. Housman's "Here Dead We Lie"


Here Dead We Lie

by A.E. Housman, 1859-1936


•  Background

Written when the poet was in his mid-fifties, this is probably the best-known poem of Housman's that is not part of the cycle called A Shropshire Lad. In its death-haunted melancholy, though, it is well up to (or down to) the standard of those earlier poems.


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•  Text of the poem

Here dead we lie
Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land
From which we sprung.
Life, to be sure,
Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is,
And we were young.