X-Message-Number: 4423
Date: Sat, 20 May 1995 18:02:11 -0400
From: "Keith F. Lynch" <>
Subject: Three score and ten

Jim Davidson <> writes:
> Perhaps from the popularity of Housman's work, especially this
> particular poem, the concept that 70 years was a fixed limit gained
> popularity.  Housman makes it seem from his math as if the threescore
> years and ten were a fixed upper limit, a "given."

Ironically, Housman himself lived to  be 77.  This was unusual at
that time.

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