Monday, August 10, 2015

Agnes Miller Parker Illustrates A Shropshire Lad

I have long thought that A. E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad is a work of genius, flawed genius perhaps, but genius nonetheless. I also am something of a fanboy for the engravings of Agnes Miller Parker so it's surprising really that these images she created to illustrate the poems haven't appeared here before. The icing on the cake of course, for me, with my devotion to all things mercurial is the gorgeous image above to accompany one of the best poems in the sequence, "The Merry Guide" about being led through the English countryside by the beautiful, smiling but voiceless Mercury.


Anonymous said...

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laurence said...

I was so glad to see this post. I first encountered 'A Shrophire Lad' in my early teens in an edition with these illustrations, and they made a deep and haunting effect. It's curious that a woman artist should enter so deeply into what is in many ways very much a male adolescent view of the world! Beautiful work, anyway!

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