Learning is a peculiar compound of memory, imagination, scientific habit, accurate observation, all concentrated, through a prolonged period, on the analysis of the remains of literature. The result of this sustained mental endeavour is not a book, but a man Mark Pattison 
A. E. Housman was such a man. He had an acute and powerful mind, and he applied it throughout a long life to the criticism and interpretation of obscure classical texts. Not only his mind but his emotions seemed to be absorbed in this pursuit of truth; he lived a lonely life, and to the end of his days maintained a reserve which only a few chosen friends could penetrate and which was not, perhaps, wholly penetrated even by them . To the outside world he remained a figure alarming, remote, mysterious .
A. E. Housman (1859-1936) was Professor of Latin at University College, London and at Cambridge. At his death in 1936 he was perhaps the most learned Latin scholar in the world .
His notion that poetry is not the thing said but a way of saying it, that it is more physical than intellectual . In his lecture The Name and Nature of Poetry which Housman delivered in Cambridge in 1933, referred to the Artifice of Versification as a subject that belongs to the methodical mind-to the man of science, in fact, who would be fitter for the task than most men of letters . Auden who wrote with deep sympathy and trenchancy about Housman, pointed out that no other English poet seemed so perfectly to express the sensibility of a male adolescent. He influenced very much the generation of Auden, and as Auden put it I am eternally grateful to him for the joy he gave me in my youth .
In this issue of the Journal, we have chosen a poem by Housman for his skills in reminding us of the five Cs mentioned in the Editorial: Communication, Competence, Continuity, Compassion and Circumspection.
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1 John Sparrow. Introduction. In: AE Housman. Collected Poems. London: Penguin Books; 1956. 2 ASF Gow. A. E. Housman A Sketch. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 1936. 3 Brad Leithauser. A footnote for Housman. The New Criterion Vol. 10, No. 1, September 1991