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PostSubject: A Housman query   Thu 26 Jan 2012, 17:00

"Clunton and Clunbury,
Clungunford and Clun
Are the quietest places
Under the sun"

So begins no. 50 of "A Shropshire Lad"

Now, I've known this quatrain since my chilldhood, but is it original Housman which has since become proverbial, or does it pre-date him?
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PostSubject: Re: A Housman query   Thu 26 Jan 2012, 21:19

According to the Houseman Society's critique of the poem these four lines are a traditional verse, and in fact were more popularly rendered "... are the drunkenest places under the sun". Houseman appears to have cleaned it up a little.
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PostSubject: Re: A Housman query   Thu 26 Jan 2012, 22:25

Aha! I've also encountered it as "the wickedest places".

Thanks - that helps a lot!
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