Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde Biography

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin, the son of an eye-surgeon and a literary hostess and writer (known under the pseudonym "Speranza"). After studying at Trinity College, Dublin, Wilde went to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he achieved a double first and won the Newdigate prize for a poem Ravenna.

While at Oxford he became notorious for his flamboyant wit, talent, charm and aestheticism, and this reputation soon won him a place in London society. Bunthorne, the Fleshly Poet in Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience was widely thought to be a caricature of Wilde (though in fact it was intended as a skit of Rosetti) and Wilde seems to have consciously styled himself on this figure.

In 1882 Wilde gave a one year lecture tour of America, visiting Paris in 1883 before ...

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T.P. Edwards 12 October 2007

Wilde cryptic word spinning to somewhere in nowhere. He was no genius, a bewildered poet who thought he was a genius. Did the poem liberate him or anyone from its cage of flowery words bespeckled with Greek gods and goddesses? I tend to doubt it. A love for his own intellect, displayful of a pruriant pride in pining.

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SS BAGHELA 04 October 2005

He was a literary genius. I enjoy his poetry immensely. Conspirative Nature stole his life prematurely.

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Sylva Portoian 21 July 2012

Every person has some genius-ness in his cells... brain...hands or body... Needs the chance to appear Needs the luck... You have...I have As small as it can be Even very small It is still geniusty...!

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David H. Partington 09 May 2014

Sounds as if he is quoting Dante.

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Annette Adams 21 December 2014

His imagery and diction, everything is so extravagant and incredible. He will always remain as one of my favorites.

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Michael Walker 27 July 2019

He suffered a lot in jail, merely because of his sexual orientation. Today that is not a crime. I think the Wilde wrote carefully-structured stanzas, which are musical and memorable.

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The Best Poem Of Oscar Wilde

Her Voice

THE wild bee reels from bough to bough
With his furry coat and his gauzy wing.
Now in a lily-cup, and now
Setting a jacinth bell a-swing,
In his wandering;
Sit closer love: it was here I trow
I made that vow,

Swore that two lives should be like one
As long as the sea-gull loved the sea,
As long as the sunflower sought the sun,--
It shall be, I said, for eternity
'Twixt you and me!
Dear friend, those times are over and done,
Love's web is spun.

Look upward where the poplar trees
Sway and sway in the summer air,
Here in the valley never a breeze
Scatters the thistledown, but there
Great winds blow fair
From the mighty murmuring mystical seas,
And the wave-lashed leas.

Look upward where the white gull screams,
What does it see that we do not see?
Is that a star? or the lamp that gleams
On some outward voyaging argosy,--
Ah! can it be
We have lived our lives in a land of dreams!
How sad it seems.

Sweet, there is nothing left to say
But this, that love is never lost,
Keen winter stabs the breasts of May
Whose crimson roses burst his frost,
Ships tempest-tossed
Will find a harbour in some bay,
And so we may.

And there is nothing left to do
But to kiss once again, and part,
Nay, there is nothing we should rue,
I have my beauty,--you your Art,
Nay, do not start,
One world was not enough for two
Like me and you.

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Oscar Wilde Quotes

11 November 2014

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.

11 November 2014

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.

11 November 2014

No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.

11 November 2014

What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it.

11 November 2014

I was disappointed in Niagara—most people must be disappointed in Niagara. Every American bride is taken there, and the sight of the stupendous waterfall must be one of the earliest, if not the keenest, disappointments in American married life.

11 November 2014

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

11 November 2014

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.

11 November 2014

Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who can't get into it do that.

11 November 2014

A man who can dominate a London dinner table can dominate the world. The future belongs to the dandy. It is the exquisites who are going to rule.

11 November 2014

Though one can dine in New York, one could not dwell there.

11 November 2014

The Americans are certainly hero-worshippers, and always take their heroes from the criminal classes.

11 November 2014

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

11 November 2014

On the whole, the great success of marriage in the States is due partly to the fact that no American man is ever idle, and partly to the fact that no American wife is considered responsible for the quality of her husband's dinners.

11 November 2014

The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilised being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.

11 November 2014

You should study the Peerage, Gerald. It is the one book a young man about town should know thoroughly, and it is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done.

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