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158 ] Dowson’s Poems To the Editor of The Times Literary Supplement The Times Literary Supplement, 1719 (10 Jan 1935) 21 Sir, – In the interesting review of Ernest Dowson’s Poems in your last issue, your reviewer suggests that I caught the phrase “Falls the shadow” from Dowson’s “Cynara.”1 This derivation had not occurred to my mind, but I believe it to be correct, because the lines he quotes have always run in my head, and because I regard Dowson as a poet whose technical innovations have been underestimated. But I do not think that I got the title “The Hollow Men” from Dowson. There is a romance of William Morris called “The Hollow Land.” There is also a poem of Mr. Kipling called “The Broken Men.” I combined the two.2 I am, Sir, your obedient servant,  T. S. Eliot 24, Russell Square, London, W.C.1. Notes 1. In his anonymous review of The Poetical Works of Ernest Christopher Dowson (1934), edited by Desmond Flower, Geoffrey Tillotson wrote in the issue of 3 Jan: “It seems less than fantastic to note . . . that the repeated ‘Falls the shadow’ of the ‘Hollow Men’ seems derivative partly of this poem [‘Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae’]: – / Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine / There fell thy shadow, Cynara! thy breath was shed” (6). 2. Tillotson goes on to say: “And a favourite phrase of Dowson’s is ‘the hollow land.’ It comes three times, and twice with the symbolic deepening of initial capital letters” (6). William Morris’s prose romance The Hollow Land was published in 1856, and Kipling’s poem “The Broken Men” (1902) was later included by TSE in his anthology A Choice of Kipling’s Verse (1941). ...


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