Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam



They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 29, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CDCD
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 267
Words 55
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4

Ernest Christopher Dowson

Ernest Christopher Dowson was born in 1867 at Lea in Kent England he was an English poet novelist and writer of short stories associated with the Decadent movement Most of his life was spent in France more…

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