April Love

Written by Ernest Dowson

April Love by Ernest Dowson

We have walked in Love's land a little way,

We have learnt his lesson a little while,

And shall we not part at the end of day,

With a sigh, a smile?


A little while in the shine of the sun,

We were twined together, joined lips, forgot

How the shadows fall when the day is done,

And when Love is not.

We have made no vows--there will none be broke,

Our love was free as the wind on the hill,


There was no word said we need wish unspoke,

We have wrought no ill.

So shall we not part at the end of day,

Who have loved and lingered a little while,

Join lips for the last time, go our way,

With a sigh, a smile?

All About Ernest Dowson

Born in Lee, London, in 1867, Ernest Dowson grew to be an English poet, novelist and short-story writer, often connected with the Decadent movement. In 1886, Dowson entered Queen’s College, Oxford, but left in 1888 to spend six years working at his father’s dry dock in London. Dowson eventually became a member of the Rhymers’ Club, a group of writers that included William Butler Yeats and Arthur Symons. In 1891 he met the woman who inspired some of his best pieces of poetry, Adelaide Foltinowicz. Adelaide, who was 12 years old when they met, rejected his offer of marriage, but he pursued her for the next several years. In 1894, Dowson's father died, his mother committed suicide, the family business failed, and Dowson discovered the identity of his tuberculosis. In 1897 Adelaide married one of her father's friends, leaving Dowson in missery. Days after he was informed with the heartbreaking news of Adelaide, Dowson was discovered in Paris depressed, penniless, and diseased by a friend, R.H. Sherard, who took him back to London, where he died in Sherard’s house. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Dowson

Interpretation of April Love

April Love by Ernest Dowson is a straight forward poem about the blooming of love. Throughout this poem the speaker talks about his love towards an unidentified woman. It can be inferred from the first two lines that Dowson is new to love. Maybe he has never come across the magnificent feeling in his lifetime. The feeling of falling in love. Dowson's mind is at ease throughout the poem. He is a free soul and has the intention of capturing the heart of this anonymous woman he speaks of. As the poem carries on, it is easy to depict that this day spent with his lover will be the last. Dowson does not know how to leave her. And when he does leave her, will he continue to be happy? Love can not last forever and sometimes you have to say goodbye.

Theme of April Love

The theme is in the title itself, love. Not just any kind of love, "April Love". April is the month that brings along a new beginning and the season of Spring. Dowson does not want his days spent with his love to end. He does not want the season of Spring to turn into Winter because that is when it is all concludes and the goodbyes are said. The poem uses imagery and symbolism. As the devices are used, it is more clear to understand what the poem is mainly about.
"April love" by Ernest Christopher Dowson (Poetry reading)
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