Don’t try this at home
A message about poison in regular doses should be read with caution. But as an allegory, it amuses and instructs.
S everal publishers turned down A.S. Housman ’s cycle of poems, A Shropshire Lad. In 1896 he got it into print at his own expense. It has been a lasting success.
These nine subtly crafted couplets are the last stanza in the sixty-second part. It is an amusing diversion in a downhearted, sad work.
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