Edward Dowden Poems
- First Love My long first year of perfect love, My deep new ...
- The Initiation UNDER the flaming wings of cherubim I ...
- In The Garden I: The Garden PAST the town's clamour is a ...
- A New Hymn For Solitude I found Thee in my heart, O Lord, ...
- In The Cathedral THE altar-lights burn low, the incense-fume ...
- In July WHY do I make no poems? Good my friend Now is there...
- Leonardo's 'Monna Lisa' MAKE thyself known, Sibyl, or let ...
Edward Dowden was born in Cork, County Cork, Ireland.
Irish critic, biographer, and poet, noted for his critical work on Shakespeare.
Educated at Queen's College, Cork, and Trinity College, Dublin, Dowden became professor of English literature at Trinity in 1867 and lectured at Oxford (1890-93) and Cambridge (1893-96).
His Shakespeare: A Critical Study of His Mind and Art (1875) was the first book in English to attempt a unified and rounded picture of Shakespeare's development as an artist, studying him in terms of successive periods. His other works on Shakespeare include the primer Shakspere (1877), which was written for a nonacademic audience, and ... more »
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My long first year of perfect love,
My deep new dream of joy; She was a little chubby girl,
I was a chubby boy.
I wore a crimson frock, white drawers,
A belt, a crown was on it;
She wore some angel's kind of dress
And such a tiny bonnet,
Old-fashioned, but the soft brown hair Would never keep its place;
A little maid with violet eyes,
And sunshine in her face.
O my child-queen, in those lost days
How sweet was daily living!
How humble and how proud I grew,
How rich by merely giving!
She went to school, the parlour-maid