William Theodore Peters

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William Theodore Peters

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Muokkaaja: toukokuu 1, 2016, 1:01 pm

The other American poet of the 1890s who starved to death in Paris. Peters was a friend of Ernest Dowson, who cast him in the title role of his The Pierrot of the Minute (to which Peters wrote the epilogue. An article (in French):


toukokuu 1, 2016, 1:00 pm

To William Theodore Peters On His Renaissance Cloak

The cherry-coloured velvet of your cloak
Time hath not soiled: its fair embroideries
Gleam as when centuries ago they spoke
To what bright gallant of Her Daintiness,
Whose slender fingers, long since dust and dead,
For love or courtesy embroidered
The cherry-coloured velvet of this cloak.

Ah! cunning flowers of silk and silver thread,
That mock mortality? the broidering dame,
The page they decked, the kings and courts are dead:
Gone the age beautiful; Lorenzo's name,
The Borgia's pride are but an empty sound;
But lustrous still upon their velvet ground,
Time spares these flowers of silk and silver thread.

Gone is that age of pageant and of pride:
Yet don your cloak, and haply it shall seem,
The curtain of old time is set aside;
As through the sadder coloured throng you gleam;
We see once more fair dame and gallant gay,
The glamour and the grace of yesterday:
The elder, brighter age of pomp and pride.

- Ernest Dowson

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 2, 2016, 9:49 am

A rather, er, striking aspect had he... as well as the cloak.


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