A E Housman (1859-1936)
ousman was a poet and English classical scholar. He is perhaps best known for A Shropshire Lad, a cycle of poems. His work is characterised by its spare language and distinctive imagery. During his career, Housman was employed as Professor of Latin at both University College London and Cambridge, his editions of Juvenal, Manilius and Lucan are still considered the most relevant.
Shake Hands (published in 1936, posthumously)
Shake hands, we shall never be friends, all's over;
I only vex you the more I try.
All's wrong that ever I've done or said,
And nought to help it in this dull head:
Shake hands, here's luck, good-bye.
But if you come to a road where danger
Or guilt or anguish or shame's to share,
Be good to the lad that loves you true
And the soul that was born to die for you,
And whistle and I'll be there.
Victorian Period – 1830-1901
Modernism – 1890’s – 1940’s