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    to be distanced

    The wryly ironic tone sometimes degenerates into melodrama, and the stoicism seems at time histrionic, but at his best Housman’s control of cadence enabled him to sound the note of resigned wisdom with quiet poignancy. He avoids self-pity by projecting the emotion through an imagined character, notably the “Shropshire lad,” So that even the first-person poems seem to be distanced in some degree. At the same time the poems are distinguished sharply from the “gather ye rosebuds” tradition by the undertones of fatalism and even of doom.

    Source: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, A. E. Housman (1859-1936)


    Hello teachers,

    What does the blue written part mean? Does it mean separated?
    It doesn’t make sense to me.

    Would you please clarify the blue part to me?

    Many thanks in advance

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    Re: to be distanced

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    The wryly ironic tone sometimes degenerates into melodrama, and the stoicism seems at time histrionic, but at his best Housman’s control of cadence enabled him to sound the note of resigned wisdom with quiet poignancy. He avoids self-pity by projecting the emotion through an imagined character, notably the “Shropshire lad,” So that even the first-person poems seem to be distanced in some degree. At the same time the poems are distinguished sharply from the “gather ye rosebuds” tradition by the undertones of fatalism and even of doom.

    Source: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, A. E. Housman (1859-1936)


    Hello teachers,

    What does the blue written part mean? Does it mean separated?
    It doesn’t make sense to me.

    Would you please clarify the blue part to me?

    Many thanks in advance
    Based on the previous sentence, which refers to an "imaginary character", this use of "distanced" to describe a work in the first person means that he is separating the work from the author.

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    Re: to be distanced

    Thank you.

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