Divided House, Divided Man

The Laws of God, the Laws of Man is the twelfth in a series of poems (known as the Last Poems) published by the English poet and classical scholar Alfred Edward Houseman.

This poem exemplifies much of his larger work, as his writings were often characterized as being pessimistic – especially in outrightly rejecting any consolation either from a religious faith or from even the emerging humanistic idealism of the Edwardian era.

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The Many Faces Of Despair

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to Death.”

Self-Portrait by Leonardo Da Vinci (1512) and Self-Portrait with Hand on Her Forehead by Kthe Kollwitz (1910).

Two countenances, both alike in their respective expressions of world-weariness – though created nearly four hundred years apart. However, beneath these shattered visages, there is a multitude of difference in their particular forms, styles, mediums, and even the general ideological direction to which their despondency is concerned.

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