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Bachelor of Arts




To understate the case, one might point out that there are those readers whose initial reaction to A Shropshire Lad is that it is a disunified bundle of poems. I assert, however, that this judgement should not endure, for when this volume of poetry is viewed in a more critical perspective there arises a deeper understanding and, consequently, a more rewarding appreciation. Moreover, I assert that it is in this final analysis alone that A Shropshire Lad emerges in its proper perspective.

In addition, it is the contention of this thesis that this unity may be viewed through at least two basic considerations: (1) through a consideration of the particular arrangements of the poems, and (2) through a consideration of the similarity and inter-relationship of the essential themes of the poems.