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Complete Poetry

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This volume of Keats's powerful poetry follows as closely as possible the chronological order of composition, highlighting autobiographical elements including the young Wilde's conflicting attitudes to Greece and Rome, pagan and Christian, and his fluctuating attraction to Roman Catholicism. The Appendix shows Wilde's original ordering, constructed with great care around a ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1997)
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(Not in this edition, but in Oscar Wilde, Complete Writings [Nottingham Society, v.7]: Poems [ed. 1909; written between 1870-1898] 345 pages)

I picked up Wilde's writings because his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is the reading for one of my groups for next month; but I got sidetracked reading his poetry. I have not read much of Wilde before. He called himself a pre-Raphaelite, and the poems are obviously influenced by that movement, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and especially Algernon Swinburne.
I've never been fan of peotry and Oscar Wilde's poetry - while it's very good - didn't make big impression on me.
Brilliant, esp. "Reading Gaol", which is heartbreaking and beautiful.
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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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“She is at rest.

Peace, peace, she cannot hear,
Lyre or sonnet,
All my life's buried here,
Heap earth upon it.”
“Rid of the world’s injustice, and his pain, He rests at last beneath God’s veil of blue: Taken from life when life and love were new The youngest of the martyrs here is lain, Fair as Sebastian, and as early slain. No cypress shades his grave, no funeral yew, But gentle violets weeping with the dew Weave on his bones an ever-blossoming chain. O proudest heart that broke for misery! O sweetest lips since those of Mitylene! O poet-painter of our English land! Thy name was writ in water — it shall stand: And tears like mine will keep thy memory green, As Isabella did her Basil tree. Rome” 0 likes
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