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(2 August 1867 – 23 February 1900 / London / England)

Ernest Christopher Dowson
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Ernest Christopher Dowson was an English poet, novelist and short-story writer, often associated with the Decadent movement.

Ernest Dowson was born in Lee, London, in 1867. His great-uncle was Alfred Domett, a poet and politician who became Premier of New Zealand and had allegedly been the subject of Robert Browning's poem "Waring". Dowson attended The Queen's College, Oxford, but left in March 1888 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, which had been established by the poet's grandfather. He led an active social life, carousing with medical students and law ... more »

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  • ''From troublous sights and sounds set free;
    In such a twilight hour of breath,
    Shall one retrace his life or see,
    Through shadows, the true face of death?''
    Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. Extreme Unction (l. 9-12). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank...
  • ''Yet, when the walls of flesh grow weak,
    In such an hour it may well be,
    Through mist and darkness, light will break,
    And each anointed sense will see.''
    Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. Extreme Unction (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Fran...
  • ''Better than mortal flowers,
    Thy moon-kissed roses seem: better than love or sleep,
    The star-crowned solitude of thine oblivious hours!''
    Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. To One in Bedlam (l. 12-14). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler ...
  • ''They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
    Love and desire and hate:
    I think they have no portion in us after
    We pass the gate.''
    Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, T...
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  • Peter Kennelly (10/21/2007 3:00:00 PM)

    I stumbled across Ernest Dowson's grave,1867-1900 at Ladywell cemetry. This is in south east london se4 and is a very pretty overgrown space.

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