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The Collected Poems of Oscar Wilde (Wordsworth Poetry) (Wordsworth Poetry Library) [Paperback]

Oscar Wilde
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24 Aug 2000 Wordsworth Poetry Library
Wilde, glamorous and notorious, more famous as a playwright or prisoner than as a poet, invites readers of his verse to meet an unknown and intimate figure. The poetry of his formative years includes the haunting elegy to his young sister and the grieving lyric at the death of his father. The religious drama of his romance with Rome is captured here, as well as its resolution in his renewed love of ancient Greece. He explores forbidden sexual desires, pays homage to the great theatre stars and poets of his day, observes cityscapes with impressionist intensity. His final masterpiece, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, tells the painful story of his own prison experience and calls for universal compassion. This edition of Wilde's verse presents the full range of his achievement as a poet.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (24 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853264539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853264535
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford where, a disciple of Pater, he founded an aesthetic cult. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, and his two sons were born in 1885 and 1886.
His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and social comedies Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), established his reputation. In 1895, following his libel action against the Marquess of Queesberry, Wilde was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for homosexual conduct, as a result of which he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), and his confessional letter De Profundis (1905). On his release from prison in 1897 he lived in obscurity in Europe, and died in Paris in 1900.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar the poet 9 April 2007
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If your someone who wants the poems of Oscar and nothing else then this needs to be bought. But if you are planning on buying more of his other work then i suggest the complete works of Wilde, it's value for money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ballard of Reading Gaol - Wow! 11 Aug 2013
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We had never heard this poem before. A block in our education. We heard Josh Ackland reading it on radio two. It is incredibly atmospheric and dark. You can hear it on YouTube! We had to have the whole poem so we bought this book. Very pleased
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 8 Nov 2012
By Tina
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My friend loved this for her bday a real oscar wilde fan. Good price and a bargain for a gift.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oscar at his best? 24 April 2010
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I was a bit disappointed with the content but overall I love Oscar Wilde's writings and it is just nice to have one of his poetry collections anyway. The poems' subjects are very much about the era and the politics he was part of and I guess I was looking for more insight on how he viewed life in general. But all in all it is a very good book and those readers who are interested in that sort of poetry will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Liked It 4 Aug 2013
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The book was in perfect condition and got here quickly. Mention things I never knew one of my favorite poets is actually a guy and they had the picture in the book.
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