Ernest Christopher Dowson (2 August 1867 – 23 February 1900 / London / England)
Ernest Christopher Dowson, born in Lee, London, was an English poet, novelist and writer of short stories, associated with the Decadent movement.
He received some of his education in France, and in 1866 entered Queen's College, Oxford. Having read considerably and widely, Dowson left without obtaining a degree. He went to London where he joined the literary circle of Aubrey Beardsley, Oscar Wilde, and their friends. He was also one of the Rhymers' Club and contributed to The Books of the Rhymers' Club (1892 and 1894), The Yellow Book and The Savoy. In 1891 he met 'Missie' Adelaide Foltinowicz, a twelve-year-old who later became a key image of innocence... more »
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- A Coronal
- A Last Word
- A Requiem
- A Song of the setting sun
- A Valediction
- Ad Domnulam Suam
- Ad Manus Puellae
- After Paul Verlaine-I
- After Paul Verlaine-II
- After Paul Verlaine-III
- Amantium Irae
- Amor Profanus
- Amor Umbratilis
- April Love
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''From troublous sights and sounds set free;Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. Extreme Unction (l. 9-12). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank...
In such a twilight hour of breath,
Shall one retrace his life or see,
Through shadows, the true face of death?''
''Yet, when the walls of flesh grow weak,Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. Extreme Unction (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Fran...
In such an hour it may well be,
Through mist and darkness, light will break,
And each anointed sense will see.''
''Better than mortal flowers,Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. To One in Bedlam (l. 12-14). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler ...
Thy moon-kissed roses seem: better than love or sleep,
The star-crowned solitude of thine oblivious hours!''
''They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, T...
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.''