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The Poems And Prose Of Ernest Dowson With A Memoir By Arthur Symons

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In your mother's apple-orchard, When the world was left behind: You were shy, so shy, Yvonne! But your eyes were calm and kind.
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Published (first published 1900)
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Alexis Hall
I'm weirdly into Dowson, though he died young (I think literally in a Parisian gutter - so he's a good one for Tragic Poet Bingo) and left very little behind. He was fragile and alcoholic and melancholy and I've filed him under 'queer' I think erroneously because I'm not sure there's any actual evidence of it. Or interest on his part.

He just looks like a gayer to me:

In fact, I think he was kind of into little girls.

Not in the, uh, active sense. Just in the sense of writing creepy poetry about th
Timothy Muller
Jan 19, 2014 Timothy Muller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“They are not long, the days of wine and roses:”

Perhaps the line was never truer of anyone than the one who wrote it.

The poetry of Ernest Dowson presents a problem for any attempt to assess his work. All poets have greater and lesser work, but with Dowson the gap between the best poems and the rest is especially large. There are a handful of the finest lyrics in the language among sizable group of mediocre poems. But if a poet is judged on the best, then Dowson, though not in the first rank, is
Jul 14, 2013 Amethyst-y rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno CynaraeLast night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mineThere fell thy shadow, Cynara! thy breath was shedUpon my soul between the kisses and the wine;And I was desolate and sick of an old passion,Yea, I was desolate and bowed my head:I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.All night upon mine heart I felt her warm heart beat,Night-long within mine arms in love and sleep she lay;Surely the kisses of her bought red mouth were sweet;But I was de ...more
Angela Montgomery
Wonderful poetry but execrable prose, which I will presume he wrote so he could afford to indulge the poetry. I don't know why this poet is not better known (at least among us non-English majors), since there are some classics within the collection (e.g. Cynara, Carthusians).
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Jan 02, 2012 Leila McGrath rated it really liked it
He's a good, romantic poet, maybe not a master. I realized my 1911 copy is signed by the London publisher as a gift to Madelein Edison, very possibly the daughter of Thomas Edison, who traveled with the family to Europe in 1911. Very cool!
Mar 01, 2013 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I have been faithful to thee Cynara!, in my fashion." This poem and the memoir by Alfred Symons are worth 5 stars alone.
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Ernest Christopher Dowson was an English poet, novelist and writer of short stories, associated with the Decadent movement.

Dowson attended The Queen's College, Oxford, but left before obtaining a degree. In November 1888, he started work with his father at Dowson and Son, a dry-docking business in Limehouse, east London, established by the poet's grandfather. He led an active social life, carousin
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Pale amber sunlight falls across
The reddening October trees,
That hardly sway before a breeze
As soft as summer: summer's loss
Seems little, dear! on days like these.

Let misty autumn be our part!
The twilight of the year is sweet:
Where shadow and the darkness meet
Our love, a twilight of the heart
Eludes a little time's deceit.

Are we not better and at home
In dreamful Autumn, we who deem
No harvest joy is worth a dream?
A little while and night shall come,
A little while, then, let us dream.

Beyond the pearled horizons lie
Winter and night: awaiting these
We garner this poor hour of ease,
Until love turn from us and die
Beneath the drear November trees.”
“They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for awhile, then closes
Within a dream.”
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