Alfred Edward Housman

(26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936 / Worcestershire)

Previous Month September 2014 Next Month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
Poem of the Day
Select a day from the calendar.
Would you like to see the poem of the day in your e-mail box every morning?
Your email address:
  Subscribe FREE
  Unsubscribe

The Carpenter's Son


"Here the hangman stops his cart:
Now the best of friends must part.
Fare you well, for ill fare I:
........................
........................
read full text »


Do you like this poem?
9 person liked.
4 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Comments about this poem (The Carpenter's Son by Alfred Edward Housman )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie - 678 Points George Samuel (9/26/2014 8:27:00 PM)

    Fare you well, for ill fare I:
    In anguish we try to forget the things we love when they live not finding a suitable way to say goodbye.
    Nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,632 Points Carolina Jamies (9/26/2013 7:11:00 PM)

    nice poem but i suggest member poems should be used as poem of the day and not dead poets.thanks (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 543 Points Babatunde Aremu (9/26/2013 4:04:00 AM)

    Biblical allusion at its best. A wonderful way of relating the experience of Jsus Christ on the Cross. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 543 Points Kevin Straw (9/26/2012 12:15:00 PM)

    This seems to be a secular version of the Crucifixion. It is not saying pick up your Cross and follow me, but keep your noses clean and you will not end up on a cross! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 315 Points Mishack Mchunu (9/26/2011 5:02:00 AM)

    'Here hang I, and right and left
    Two poor fellows hang for theft:
    All the same's the luck we prove,
    Though the midmost hangs for love.' M so in love with this poem, thank you! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 315 Points Mishack Mchunu (9/26/2011 5:01:00 AM)

    'Here hang I, and right and left
    Two poor fellows hang for theft:
    All the same's the luck we prove,
    Though the midmost hangs for love.' M so in love with this poem, thank you! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Ramesh T A (9/26/2010 7:53:00 AM)

    Serious matter has been made into comic matter in this poem which is quite meaningful and interesting to read! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Rishi Menon (9/26/2009 9:55:00 PM)

    One word: JESUS.
    Only a true poet can make simple statements with such synaptics.
    Lesser endowed like me write straight ones like The Star of Bethlehem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points saltedpeanut blank (9/26/2009 5:22:00 PM)

    The love Housman was referring to was obviously Jesus Christ's love for the people and he was condemned for the works and miracles he performed when the high priests recognized it as, what to them, was an attempt to throw them out of power. The rest most people know the story Jesus was hung with two common thieves, one on his left and another on the right. The number 3 is also an important biblical reference of the holy trinity. This poem has overwhelming religious undertones. I can imagine Housman as either a pious man or a boozing, lecherous, sinner who sought atonement in his works. For that answer I will have to read his bio! :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Michael Harmon (9/26/2009 2:31:00 PM)

    Besides the obviousness of the title, the following quatrain seems to me to be an unequivocal allusion (and therefore religious reference) to the crucifixion of Christ:

    'Here hang I, and right and left
    Two poor fellows hang for theft:
    All the same's the luck we prove,
    Though the midmost hangs for love. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Guybrush Threepwood (9/26/2009 9:21:00 AM)

    S'pose, you can't know exactly what he died for. But it is a cool poem-sort of feels like a drinking song to me, only instead of swinging a beer stein somebody is actually swinging. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Joseph Poewhit (9/26/2009 5:46:00 AM)

    Interesting poem. Saying, best to stay in your own backyard. YET, bringing JESUS, a carpenter, into the picture. JESUS, went forth and built a house of teachings by his word. Further, sent by the Father, for this purpose. If JESUS, stayed in his backyard, his Fathers house of teaching would not have been built. Again, interesting poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Kevin Straw (9/26/2009 5:42:00 AM)

    A secularist take on the crucifixion of Christ. Tightly written with the inspired rhyme of adze and lads. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Robert Quilter (9/26/2008 2:53:00 PM)

    I think i need a new word, for poems that i can say i didn't exactly enjoy (feel good) but that i certainly appreciated e.g.what we have here.Indeed a cautionary tale, this poor fellow finds himself dangling between two thieves and his crime?
    Love and he did not leave ill alone! Nicely constructed, little heavy handed but then the guys about to be hanged, so who can blame him? and an adze is apparantly a carpenters tool. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Kentucky Refugee (9/26/2007 1:49:00 PM)

    Adze is a woodworking tool.

    I like the poem. Is it possible to be condemned for a true love today? (Report) Reply

PoemHunter.com Updates

Poem of the Day

poet John Clare

I love to see the old heath's withered brake
Mingle its crimpled leaves with furze and ling,
While the old heron from the lonely lake
Starts slow and flaps its melancholy wing,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Grace Paley

 

Trending Poems

  1. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  2. Warning, Jenny Joseph
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  7. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  8. And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Dylan Thomas
  9. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  10. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]