This is a good little selection of Oscar Wilde's poetry. Of course everyone has heard of or knows 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol', and it is one of the nation's favourite poems. Wilde did in his lifetime publish a collection of his poems, but on the whole it was unsucessful.
This selection is taken from al his works, and they do show his skills and themes being developed, thus making it an interesting read if you like Wilde's work. Admittedly Oscar Wilde isn't the greatest poet to have ever lived, but he did turn out some well accomplished work. This book is small and slim enough to fit into a pocket or handbag, and will help take your mind off the woes of commuting.
I ordered the small blue hardcover, and I have to say: It is beautiful. A pocket book in every sense of the word, I've had personal diaries in larger size and worse condition. Text is clearly printed, nicely separated, and everything is just fantastic quality.
To put it in its historical context this was the poem that was written by Oscare Wilde following his release from the prison Reading Gaol having served time there for soddomy. The book centeres on the man who was his cell mate whilst there, who had been sectenced to ddeath following the murder of his wife. Its is a highly moving and emotional piece, that was also to be his last work produced just 4 years before his death in 1901. It is a highly quotable work, with extracts such "yet each man kills the thing he loves to each let this be known some do it with a bitter look, some with a flattering word the coward with a kiss the brave man with a sword" i recommend this piec highly