Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Oscar Wilde
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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 ... more »

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  • ''I have nothing to declare except my genius.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Attributed in Oscar Wilde, ch. 6, Richard Ellman (1987). Remark at the New York Customs, ...
  • ''For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other gets no dinners.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Aristotle at Afternoon Tea: The Rare Oscar Wilde (1991). "London Models," English Il...
  • ''The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Miss Prism, in The Importance of Being Earnest, act 2 (1895). Speaking of her own novel.
  • ''The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, ch. 1 (1891).
  • ''By persistently remaining single, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation. Men should be more careful.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Miss Prism, in The Importance of Being Earnest, act 2.
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  • f2 kicks (5/16/2018 7:53:00 PM)

    what was the tone in this poem that Oscar wiled made?

  • Dominic indelicato (4/16/2018 1:52:00 PM)

    what is his shortest poem

  • Eric Williams (12/16/2017 3:00:00 PM)

    He may be the most relateable best

  • Heunabe Nwh (12/3/2017 7:50:00 PM)

    this poem is very interesting love you oscar

  • JIMBOI (11/27/2017 10:46:00 AM)

    YOOOOOOO WHAT IT IS WHAT ISSSSSSSSS. This dude was a fuckin AMAZING poet.9/11 was a hoax and we're all gonna die in fema camps regulated by the government of the U S OF A.

  • dxnwi (11/17/2017 1:41:00 PM)

    He was a great poet.

  • Valentin Savin Valentin Savin (10/4/2017 10:14:00 AM)

    I like the above quatations by Oscar Wilde. And try to translate some into Russian.

  • Peng Lv (4/30/2017 2:31:00 AM)

    An excellent poet.

  • Sandeep Dongre Sandeep Dongre (3/3/2017 6:59:00 AM)

    You are the one who could play with words. Master of English language.

  • vijay Tiwari (10/7/2015 4:13:00 PM)

    Oscar wilde is still the Lord of Language no budy could ever replace him.

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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
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