Ernest Dowson

(1867—1900) poet

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established himself in the London society of Beardsley, Le Gallienne, Wilde, and their friends. He contributed poems to the Yellow Book, the Savoy, and the anthologies published by the Rhymers' Club. He was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1891. Dowson's stories Dilemmas appeared in 1895. The first of his two books of poetry, Verses (containing his celebrated ‘Non Sum Qualis Eram’, better known as ‘Cynara’), appeared in 1896, and Decorations in 1899. His one‐act verse play The Pierrot of the Minute was published in 1897. The poems, which display much variety in stanza and prosody, group themselves chiefly into love poetry, including ‘Cynara’; devotional poems; poems of the natural world; and above all poems of ennui and world‐weariness, such as the well‐known ‘Vitae Summa Brevis’ (‘They are not long, the days of wine and roses’), ‘To One in Bedlam’, and several translations and adaptations of Verlaine. See also art for art's sake.

Subjects: Literature.

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