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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
News at Eleven: [Harry] Eyres could never understand
the disconnect between the rigorous approach to learning the classics, and the often lascivious or emotional subject matter of the poetry. He singles out A.E. Housman--a "famously dry professor"--as a man who typified the uptight attitude that Eyres hated. But Housman, Eyres points out, could also display a fine sensibility. After a long lecture, Housman read Horace's "Diffugere nives" ("The snows are fled away") aloud: as he left the room, his students saw that his eyes were filled with tears.