The Ballad of Reading Gaol

The Ballad of Reading Gaol

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Born in Dublin in 1854, Oscar Wilde dazzled the salons of his day with supremely witty conversation and his ardent championship of a philosophy of aestheticism. As a writer, he produced The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the finest comedies in English, and other classic plays. His one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is still widely read, as is "The Ballad of Reading Gaol," a powerful poetic indictment of the degradation and inhumanity of prison life.
This carefully edited volume focuses on Wilde's poetic legacy. In addition to the title poem, readers will find twenty-three other important works: "The Sphinx," "The Grave of Keats," "Requiescat," "Impression du Matin," "Panthea," "Silentium Amoris," "The Harlot's House," "To L. L." and others. While Wilde's fame rests mainly on his achievements as a dramatist and critic, these poems offer important clues to the themes and subjects that preoccupied him in his other works.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 132 x 210 x 5mm | 60g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0486270726
  • 9780486270722
  • 726,700

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Born in Dublin in 1854, Oscar Wilde dazzled the salons of his day with supremely witty conversation and his ardent championship of a philosophy of aestheticism. As a writer, he produced The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the finest comedies in English, and other classic plays. His one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is still widely read, as is "The Ballad of Reading Gaol," a powerful poetic indictment of the degradation and inhumanity of prison life.
This carefully edited volume focuses on Wilde's poetic legacy. In addition to the title poem, readers will find twenty-three other important works: "The Sphinx," "The Grave of Keats," "Requiescat," "Impression du Matin," "Panthea," "Silentium Amoris," "The Harlot's House," "To L. L." and others. While Wilde's fame rests mainly on his achievements as a dramatist and critic, these poems offer important clues to the themes and subjects that preoccupied him in his other works.
Original Dover (1992) selection of 24 poems from standard texts.
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Table of contents

From Poems by Oscar Wilde (1881)
Hélas!
From Subsection "Eleutheria"
To Milton
From Subsection "Rosa Mystica"
Requiescat
Vita Nuova [1877]
From Subsection "Wind Flowers"
Impression du Matin [1881]
Chanson [portion of a longer work of 1876]
From Subsection "Flowers of Gold"
Impressions [1877]
1. Les Silhouettes
2. La Fuite de la Lune
The Grave of Keats [1877]
Ballade de Marguerite [1879]
Impression de Voyage [1880]
From Subsection "Panthea"
Panthea
From Subsection "The Fourth Movement"
Impression: Le Réveillon [1877]
Apologia
Silentium Amoris
Taedium Vitae
From Subsection "The Flower of Love"
Bittersweet Love
The Sphinx (1894)
The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898)
Uncollected Poems
The Harlot's House [1885]
Fantaisies Décoratives [1887]
1. Le Panneau
2. Les Ballons
Canzonet [1888]
Symphony in Yellow [1889]
In the Forest [1889]
To L.L. [Lillie Langtry] [added in the 1908 edition of Poems by Oscar Wilde]
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About Oscar Wilde

Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) remains best known for his comedies of the 1890s, including The Importance of Being Earnest, and for his tragic imprisonment and untimely death.
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