B. J. Leggett (essay date 1970)
SOURCE: Leggett, B. J. Introduction to Housman's Land of Lost Content: A Critical Study of “A Shropshire Lad,” pp. 3-11. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1970.
[In the following excerpt, Leggett provides an overview of the critical reception—or lack of critical attention—of Housman's poetry.]
Any assessment of A. E. Housman's present stature as a poet must begin with the well-known but curious fact that his poetry, while it has become widely read and even highly regarded in some circles, has failed...
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