Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae

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  • Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae - Ernest Dowson
    • Victorian poetry
      • the fallen woman?
    • 4 stanzas
      • reptition - a refrain
        • I have been faithful to thee Cynara! in my fashion
          • In his own special way
            • Questioning is he actually faithful
    • addresses Cynara telling her of 'last night' as he was kissing another woman the shadow of Cynara fell betwen them
    • he feels alone and sick because of the passion he still feels for Cynara
    • The woman he was with was a prostitute 'red mouth' 'bought'
    • fourth stanza reveals that while he is having a good time he was desperately trying to shut out the memories of her but when the party is over he remembers her
    • inspired by Adelaide? an eleven year old he fell in love with at the age of 23
      • became infatuated and proposed marriage which she declined
        • this rejection devastated and haunted Dowson, Adelaide went on to marry another man
    • Cynara haunted him in the past and still does to this day
    • Regular rhyme scheme like time shows that his love for her is constant and unchanging
    • repetition signifies speakers ability to let go of his past, within each stanza he tries to forget Cynara with another woman but the refrain at the end of each stanza shows that she is always there


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