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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  258 ratings  ·  17 reviews
And all men kill the thing they love
By all let it be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look.
Some with a flattering word.
The coward does it with a kiss.
The brave man with a sword
--from "The Ballad of Reading Gaol"
Although best known for his sparkling and witty plays, Oscar Wilde also distinguished himself as a prolific poet. From "Ravenna," a prize-winning poem he wrote in...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published August 28th 2003 by Phoenix Press (first published July 15th 1998)
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Andrea Ika
Original Language: English
Publisher: Methen & Company
Country: England
Publication Date: 1911
Page Count: 98
Rating : 4 stars

Selected Poems of Oscar Wilde contains the following seventeen poems The Ballad Of Reading Gaol, Ave Imperatrix, To My Wife - With A Copy Of My Poems, Magdalen Walks, Theocritus - A Villanelle, Greece, Portia, Fabien Dei Franchi, Phedre, Sonnet On Hearing The Dies Irae Sung In The Sistine Chapel, Ave Maria Gratia Plena, Libertatis Sacra Fames, Roses And Rue, From 'Th...more

“I have made my choice, have lived my poems, and, though youth is gone in wasted days, I have found the lover's crown of myrtle better than the poet's crown of bays.”

Well, that was a nice read.
But I was looking for something more than that!! Anyway, it was fun.

I have to say that I loved Oscar Wilde "the novelist" more than Oscar Wilde "the poet"!!


I'd like to quote some of my favorite lines:

“Could the passionate past that is fled
Call back its dead,
Could we live it all over again,
Were it worth
Patrick Gibson
I have always prefered Wilde's poems over his prose.
The plays are another thing.
This is just one of edition of many. A good one.
And, since you needed a poety hit today (you did, right?), here is one of his sweetest:

"The oleander on the wall
Grows crimson in the dawning light,
Though the grey shadows of the night
Lie yet on Florence like a pall.

The dew is bright upon the hill,
And bright the blossoms overhead,
But ah! the grasshoppers have fled,
The little Attic song is still.

Only the leaves are gentl...more
This book is a must read, if you are into poetry. These palms are good in rhymes. There specially selected by Oscar Wilde. Some of them are even written by him. You will never get tired of reading these poems. You have the chance up this book and find a nice place to sit because you're not going to want to put it down. That is why I rated it five stars and that's why you should read it.
Puri Putri
"I remember I never could catch you,
For no one could match you,
You had wonderful, luminous, fleet,
Little wings to your feet.

I remember your hair - did I tie it?
For it always ran riot -
Like a tangled sunbeam of gold:
These things are old."

"With this book I discovered the poetry of Oscar Wilde. To be honest I still prefer his plays yet his poetry is remarkable and it still reflects his beliefs and ideas. Actually two poems in this book("The Ballads of Reading Goal" and "The Flower of Love") made me give it 4stars."
Nice little selection. One of those pocket books. Got this in England for a mere pound. I'm unfamiliar with his poetry. Love the plays, Dorian, Happy Prince etc but didn't know his poems. The poems are arranged chronologically and chart an interesting development. Early ones are a bit sappy, lots of references to fair maidens and other such cliched references. So far so in the closet. Then things perk up with a series of poems about ancient Greeks and strong thrusting soldiers etc. The final poe...more
Just reminding myself why Oscar Wilde is my favourite poet ever.
oscar wilde is a brilliant playwright, but his poetry is only okay. there were a select few that i really enjoyed, but the rest were somewhat dry.. this is a nice book to read if you have some spare time--i brought it with me as i was traveling around scandinavia. pleasant read, but nothing spectacular.
I'm not sure if I selected the right selection - I read the Gutenberg one. The ballad of Reading Gaol I already knew, so this rating is just for the other poems. I have to say I wasn't very fond of this selection, although I like Wilde a lot.
I do prefer Wilde's other work to his poetry, but this is still great stuff. Oh, Oscar, you fabulous man!
I didn't like much besides 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol', the last poem of the book.
Simon Sweetman
Well, that was a flash-back to high school...for both better and worse
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Oh the ballad of Reading goal is heart rending....
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E...more
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“No need to waste the foolish tear, Or heave the windy sigh: The man had killed the thing he loved, And so he had to die.” 1 likes
“No need to waste the foolish tear, Or heave the windy sigh: The man had killed the thing he loved, And so he had to die. And all men kill the thing they love, By all let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword!” 1 likes
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