AE Housman

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Poet AE Housman (1859-1936) matriculated at St John’s in 1877 but failed his examination in Greats in 1881. This failure has been partly attributed to his growing realisation of his homoerotic nature through his love for Moses Jackson, a heteroerotically-inclined classmate at Oxford. Housman stated that it was the pain of his unrequited love that inspired his greatest poetry. Whilst at Oxford, Housman co-founded Ye Round Table, an undergraduate satirical magazine. Later, Housman took a professorship at Cambridge and began publishing works, such as A Shropshire Lad (1896), which have never since been out of print or popularity.

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