Selected Poems: Oscar Wilde

Overview

The life and works of Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) have a perennial fascination for the theatre going and reading public, and it is surprising that no separate edition of the poetry has been published for decades. Malcolm Hicks provides a generous and timely selection, introduction and notes. Here is the brilliant twenty-six-year-old's only collection of poems, which displays his sensuousness and technical precocity, with deft echoes of earlier masters. The young Wilde explores styles and forms to counteract what ...

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Overview

The life and works of Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) have a perennial fascination for the theatre going and reading public, and it is surprising that no separate edition of the poetry has been published for decades. Malcolm Hicks provides a generous and timely selection, introduction and notes. Here is the brilliant twenty-six-year-old's only collection of poems, which displays his sensuousness and technical precocity, with deft echoes of earlier masters. The young Wilde explores styles and forms to counteract what seemed to him the exhaustion of the poetic language current at the time. The substantial works of his later maturity-including 'The Harlot's House', The Sphinx and the legendary Ballad of Reading Gao-are also included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415940825
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Fyfield Books Series
  • Pages: 130
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Suggestions for further reading 16
A Note on the Text (Editions of Wilde's Poems) 17
Helas 19
Ave Imperatrix 19
The Garden of Eros 23
Requiescat 33
Sonnet on hearing the Dies Irae sung in the Sistine Chapel 34
The Burden of Itys 34
Impression du Matin 46
Charmides 47
Impression de Voyage 69
Portia 70
Camma 70
Panthea 71
Impression, Le Reveillon 77
Quia Multum Amavi 77
Silentium Amoris 78
Her Voice 79
My Voice 80
from Humanitad 81
[GLYKYIROS]/Flower of Love 82
Impression: I Le Jardin 84
Impression: II La Mer 84
The Harlot's House 85
On the Sale by Auction of Keats' Love Letters 86
Les Ballons 87
Symphony in Yellow 87
To My Wife with a copy of my poems 88
To L. L. 88
from Ravenna 91
Translation: from Chorus of Cloud Maidens 93
Translation: from [EPHNOIDIA] 94
The Sphinx 95
The Ballad of Reading Gaol 107
Notes 127
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