Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae

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  • Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae
    • Ernest Dowson
      • fell in love with Adelaide Foltinowicz who was 11 years old when he was 23
      • born in 1867 in London
      • went to Queen's college but didn't finish his degree
      • went on to marry a tailor
      • Decadent poet
        • late 19th century movement
          • similar to aestheticism
        • drinking and partying
        • shocked Victorian establishment by foregrounding sensuality
          • promoting artistry through sexual and political experimentation
        • strong connection between visual and verbal form
        • associated with the Victorian Child Cult
          • Lewis Carroll
          • perverse fascination with the immature female form
    • Non sum qualis...
      • "I am not as I was in the reign of good/kind Cynara"
        • a cynara is of the sunflower family
        • from Horace's Odes Book 4,1
      • implores Venus to wage no further ****** war on him
      • implications of
        • lost love
        • past his prime
        • a reflective and reminscent narrator
      • alexandrine
        • 12 syllable french line
        • stresses on 6th and 12th syllable
        • creates  caesura
          • stresses on 6th and 12th syllable
        • expression of simple and complex emotions
          • embodies simplicity and complexity of this tragic poem
          • his love for his subject is clear, evident and simple
            • insists he has "been faithful to thee, Cynara"
          • the complexity is the social situation as he knows he cannot be with her
            • "bought red mouth" he uses sex to escape his feelings
              • insists he has "been faithful to thee, Cynara"
      • ABACBC rhyme scheme
        • refrain at end of each stanza
          • begging, pleading, insisting his innocence
          • simple, rhythmical structure
    • 1st stanza
      • "last night, ah yesternight betwixt her lips and mine"
        • archaic language
          • links to the classical title
          • age-old love
            • somewhat ironic as age prohibits their love
        • introduction of the heavy focus on time
          • "old passion"
          • "night-long"
          • "yesternight"
        • sense of distance between the speaker and the prostitute
          • implies the love is not real
          • "there fell thy shadow"
            • enough emotional distance between the two for his true love to fall in
            • Cynara is an omnipresent force
              • repetition of Cynara 7 times
              • apostrophe
                • abstract lover
        • sets the exposition of the piece
          • reads like an epic
      • "between the kisses and the wine"
        • self-indulgence cannot distract from the unrelenting love

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