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When I Was One-and-Twenty Summary & Analysis
by A. E. Housman

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"When I Was One-and-Twenty" is a poem by British writer A.E. Housman, published in his extremely popular first collection A Shropshire Lad (1896). It is a short poem made up of two stanzas, in which the young speaker talks about the experience of falling in—and out—of love. At age 21, the speaker was told by a wise man that it was better to give all one's money away than one's heart. The speaker, of course, didn't listen, and by the ripe old age of 22 has come to know the painful truth of the wise man's words.

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