Adelaide, the love in the life and poetry of Ernest Dowson, Part II

Ernest Dowson as an undergraduate - from Wikipedia

Ernest Dowson as an undergraduate – from Wikipedia

In the first part of this essay, I told how Ernest Dowson met Adelaide Foltinowicz, aged eleven years and a half, whom he nicknamed “Missie” or “Missy”, then he started spending his evenings at her father’s restaurant where she worked as a waitress, and gradually fell in love with her. CONTINUE READING…


Ernest Dowson: The Moon Maiden’s Song

Doug Fitzgerald - Blue Moon II (1990s)

Doug Fitzgerald – Blue Moon girl II (c.1990) – from

Ernest Dowson wrote The Pierrot of the Minute, a short play in verse, in October 1892; this work was commissioned by the American actor-poet William Theodore Peters. It was published in final form by Leonard Smithers in 1897. CONTINUE READING…

The unloved and untouched children of sex panic

 Edvard Munch - The Scream (1893) - from Wikipedia

Edvard Munch – The Scream (1893) – from Wikipedia

In a gruesome country called “the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland” reigns a horrible panic about children and sex. Anyone can come forward and accuse a dead person of the most bizarre form of sexual abuse, and she will automatically be believed and granted the “victim status”—that is an easy and quick way to gain public recognition. The discredited theories of “recovered memories”, which led to thousands of broken lives and shattered families in the USA, still enjoy public support in the “UK”, and are used to accuse ever more people of sexual abuse. Journals and the Internet are filled with conspiracy theories about Lords, Members of Parliament, even ministers, involved in “paedophile conspiracies” to rape children in various ways, in particular by inserting tools into their anuses. This land has a distinctive institution, the gutter press, generally printed in “tabloid” format, whose so-called “journalists” can make a career by spreading the wildest nonsense. CONTINUE READING…


A lovely marriage

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I read from POPSUGAR the following charming story. Abby, a 4 year old girl treated for leukemia at Albany Medical Center in New York, fell in love with her male nurse, Matt. She told her mom that she was planning to marry him… and indeed, the hospital staff organized the ceremony, with the nurses as bridesmaids and a doctor as the mayor presiding. CONTINUE READING…

Michel Polnareff : Tous les bateaux, tous les oiseaux

Michel Polnareff - Tous les bateaux, tous les oiseaux (1969) - pochette de 45 tours

Michel Polnareff – Tous les bateaux, tous les oiseaux (1969) – pochette de 45 tours

Michel Polnareff est un auteur-compositeur-interprète et pianiste français, né le 3 juillet 1944 à Nérac (Lot-et-Garonne). Il connut un large succès dans la deuxième moitié des années 1960, il était alors un emblème de la génération Salut les copains. Sa carrière déclina par la suite. CONTINUE READING…

Jean-Michel Caradec : Ma petite fille de rêve

Jean-Michel Caradec est un auteur-compositeur-interprète français d’origine bretonne, né le 20 septembre 1946 à Morlaix (Finistère). Il composa et interpréta 8 albums de 1973 à 1981, mais il mourut dans un accident de la route le 29 juillet 1981 à Rambouillet (Yvelines).

Certaines de ses chansons évoquent une attirance pour les petites ou jeunes filles. Par exemple J’aime les petites filles (1977) chante sur un ton légèrement grivois “Les p’tites filles pas sages / Qui n’ont pas / Besoin des images”, mais la fille faisant l’objet de la chanson a “ses seins […] plus gros que les fesses”, donc il s’agit ici d’une jeune fille ayant achevé sa puberté. CONTINUE READING…

Gilbert O’Sullivan: Clair

Gilbert O'Sullivan and Clair Mills - from The Daily Mail, 5 February 2011

Gilbert O’Sullivan and Clair Mills – from The Daily Mail, 5 February 2011

The Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan was popular in the early 1970’s. One of his greatest hits has been the song Clair, which ranked top in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in November 1972. It tells his affectionate love for a little girl aged 3 or 4 whom he babysat, the daughter of his producer-manager Gordon Mills. He expresses his feelings straightforwardly, with a spontaneity that would be difficult to find in our epoch of fear and moralization: «Each time I leave you I feel I could die / Nothing means more to me than hearing you say / “I’m going to marry you / Will you marry me, Uncle Ray ?”» (O’Sullivan’s real forename was Raymond.) CONTINUE READING…



Amoris Est Imperare Orbi Universo

(To love it belongs to rule the whole world)

Agapeta exists now since six months, and this is its 50th post. The first one, dated 9 January, was the poem A Mosaic by Ernest Dowson. At that time, the blog style was restricted to bright text on a whole blue background, with the default black header bar giving the title and subtitle—the header image, red surrounding and right sidebar with Minnie Terry medallions were added in February.  CONTINUE READING…