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A. E. Housman’s Use of Biblical Narrative

  • Carol Efrati


It is a fact well known to everyone interested in the poetry of A. E. Housman that he was accustomed to take a phrase or verse from the Bible and, by slightly altering the text or the context, twist the biblical verse to his own use. Davis P. Harding and Vincent Friemarck are but two who have published studies of this technique.1


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