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    • POEM: Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae by Ernest Christopher Dowson (10/9/2009 5:25:00 PM)

      I read somewhere that the poet had spent the night with a prostitute, trying to drown his desire for Adelaide. I believe he is talking about two different women here - well, one child and a woman. I believe that cynara refers to a sunflower (it's in the sunflower family) - which certainly could be the young child - contrasted with the 'bought red mouth' of the prostitute. If he were trying to believe that he was spending the night with Adelaide and using the prostitute for his delusions, the poem makes complete sense to me. Add some absinthe and you have the recipe for disaster - his very sad life full of unrequited love - the very essence of romance.