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HOUSMAN, Alfred Edward (1859-1936). Poet and classical scholar.
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent, 1½ pages 8vo (on separate pages, slightly soiled), Trinity College, Cambridge, 24 November 1924. Thanking him for sending a paper on the origin of rhyme and its link to music. 'I do not however find in it any proof that rhyme arose from music, and I do not myself understand how it could.'

Housman's latter years were spent at Trinity College Cambridge as Professor of Latin. However, it was as a poet rather than as a classical scholar that he enjoyed acclaim in his lifetime. His 'Last Poems' were published in 1922 but attempts to talk about his poetry were discouraged and he would probably have wished to be remembered primarily as a textual editor. Many of his poems have been set to music by early twentieth century English composers, among them Ralph Vaughan-Williams.
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