Girt was he in a garment black and red,And at his feet I marked a broken stoneWhich sent up lilies, dove-like, to his knees. For though thy brood of warrior sons hath ceased, Thy noble dead are with thee! He penned the classic novel The Portrait of Dorian Gray as well as the satirical play The Importance of Being Earnest. Smithers , a long poem describing the horrors Wilde faced in prison, was published in 1898 under the pseudonym C. With the pirouettes of marionettes, They tripped on pointed tread: But with flutes of Fear they filled the ear, As their grisly masque they led, And loud they sang, and long they sang, For they sang to wake the dead. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit. And did you mark the Cyprian kiss white Adon on his catafalque? And I and all the souls in pain, Who tramped the other ring, Forgot if we ourselves had done A great or little thing, And watched with gaze of dull amaze The man who had to swing. And still in boyish rivalryYoung Daphnis challenges his mate;Dost thou remember Sicily? Written by The silver trumpets rang across the Dome:The people knelt upon the ground with awe:And borne upon the necks of men I saw,Like some great God, the Holy Lord of Rome.
And soon the shepherd in rough woollen cloak With his long crook undid the wattled cotes, And from the stack a thin blue wreath of smoke Curled through the air across the ripening oats, And on the hill the yellow house-dog bayed As through the crisp and rustling fern the heavy cattle strayed. Even the jealous Naiads call me fair, And every morn a young and ruddy swain Woos me with apples and with locks of hair, And seeks to soothe my virginal disdain By all the gifts the gentle wood-nymphs love; But yesterday he brought to me an iris-plumaged dove With little crimson feet, which with its store Of seven spotted eggs the cruel lad Had stolen from the lofty sycamore At daybreak, when her amorous comrade had Flown off in search of berried juniper Which most they love; the fretful wasp, that earliest vintager Of the blue grapes, hath not persistency So constant as this simple shepherd-boy For my poor lips, his joyous purity And laughing sunny eyes might well decoy A Dryad from her oath to Artemis; For very beautiful is he, his mouth was made to kiss; His argent forehead, like a rising moon Over the dusky hills of meeting brows, Is crescent shaped, the hot and Tyrian noon Leads from the myrtle-grove no goodlier spouse For Cytheraea, the first silky down Fringes his blushing cheeks, and his young limbs are strong and brown; And he is rich, and fat and fleecy herds Of bleating sheep upon his meadows lie, And many an earthen bowl of yellow curds Is in his homestead for the thievish fly To swim and drown in, the pink clover mead Keeps its sweet store for him, and he can pipe on oaten reed. Then keep the tomb of Helice, Thine olive-woods, thy vine-clad wold, And what remains to us of thee? Her Voice A lovely, simple poem in which Wilde talks about his desire to marry a woman with the male suitor cast in the role of a bee and his female love as the flower to be pollinated. The heron passes homeward to the mere, The blue mist creeps among the shivering trees, Gold world by world the silent stars appear, And like a blossom blown before the breeze A white moon drifts across the shimmering sky, Mute arbitress of all thy sad, thy rapturous threnody. In the next door cell, Wilde's books which he owned in prison, are lined up on a wooden table. Around, around, they waltzed and wound; Some wheeled in smirking pairs; With the mincing step of a demirep Some sidled up the stairs: And with subtle sneer, and fawning leer, Each helped us at our prayers. The significance of these themes still resonates today, ensuring that remains perpetually relevant.
And there is nothing left to doBut to kiss once again, and part,Nay, there is nothing we should rue,I have my beauty, - you your Art,Nay, do not start,One world was not enough for twoLike me and you. From lower cells of waking life we pass To full perfection; thus the world grows old: We who are godlike now were once a mass Of quivering purple flecked with bars of gold, Unsentient or of joy or misery, And tossed in terrible tangles of some wild and wind-swept sea. Only one God has ever died. He was allowed these books after one year in prison and before that only a Bible and a prayer book. Venice lives again, New risen from the waters! Out of his heart a white! So when men bury us beneath the yew Thy crimson-stained mouth a rose will be, And thy soft eyes lush bluebells dimmed with dew, And when the white narcissus wantonly Kisses the wind its playmate some faint joy Will thrill our dust, and we will be again fond maid and boy. On the green bank he lay, and let one hand Dip in the cool dark eddies listlessly, And soon the breath of morning came and fanned His hot flushed cheeks, or lifted wantonly The tangled curls from off his forehead, while He on the running water gazed with strange and secret smile. The moon was girdled with a crystal rim, The sign which shipmen say is ominous Of wrath in heaven, the wan stars were dim, And the low lightening east was tremulous With the faint fluttering wings of flying dawn, Ere from the silent sombre shrine his lover had withdrawn.
At Oxford, he received the Newdigate Prize for his long poem Ravenna T. That is what the world calls a romance. What profit if this scientific age Burst through our gates with all its retinue Of modern miracles! O Melancholy, fold thy raven wing! Soon will your queen in daisy-flowered smock And crown of flower-de-luce trip down the lea, Soon will the lazy shepherds drive their flock Back to the pasture by the pool, and soon Through the green leaves will float the hum of murmuring bees at noon. Or it may be too late to climb their silent silver cars! Green grasses through the yellow sheaves Of autumn corn are not more fair. There never does that dreary north-wind blow Which leaves our English forests bleak and bare, Nor ever falls the swift white-feathered snow, Nor ever doth the red-toothed lightning dare To wake them in the silver-fretted night When we lie weeping for some sweet sad sin, some dead delight.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Lily-like, white as snow, She hardly knew She was a woman, so Sweetly she grew. White Ammon was your bedfellow! Matthews and John Lane, 1899 , both first performed in 1895. Did you love none then? Long time he lay and hardly dared to breathe, And heard the cadenced drip of spilt-out wine, And the rose-petals falling from the wreath As the night breezes wandered through the shrine, And seemed to be in some entranced swoon Till through the open roof above the full and brimming moon Flooded with sheeny waves the marble floor, When from his nook up leapt the venturous lad, And flinging wide the cedar-carven door Beheld an awful image saffron-clad And armed for battle! I remember your hair—did I tie it? Devoid of his usual wit and humour, this play is instead saturated by hauntingly poetic description and imagery. O loved ones lying far away, What word of love can dead lips send! For, right within, the sword of Sin Pierced to its poisoned hilt, And as molten lead were the tears we shed For the blood we had not spilt. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, and together they had two children. A celebrated 19th century writer, poems, stories, and plays, have earned him dedicated fans the world over.
O come, Love, come, Still we have time to reach the cavern of thine azure home. Save for a cry that echoes shrill From some lone bird disconsolate; A corncrake calling to its mate; The answer from the misty hill. Still from his chair of porphyry gaunt Memnon strains his lidless eyes Across the empty land, and cries each yellow morning unto thee. The Gods are dead: no longer do we bring To grey-eyed Pallas crowns of olive-leaves! The poems we'll look at are called narrative poems, because they each tell a story. And was Thy Rising only dreamed by her Whose love of Thee for all her sin atones? He does not die a death of shame On a day of dark disgrace, Nor have a noose about his neck, Nor a cloth upon his face, Nor drop feet foremost through the floor Into an empty space. I can write no stately proem As a prelude to my lay; From a poet to a poem I would dare to say.
You whispered monstrous oracles into the caverns of his ears: With blood of goats and blood of steers you taught him monstrous miracles. Still by the hundred-cubit gate Dog-faced Anubis sits in state with lotus-lilies for thy head. Simaetha calls on Hecate And hears the wild dogs at the gate; Dost thou remember Sicily? Set in this stormy Northern sea, Queen of these restless fields of tide, England! Where is our English chivalry? And when thou art a-wearied at thy feet Shall oxlips weave their brightest tapestry, For thee the woodbine shall forget its pride And veil its tangled whorls, and thou shalt walk on daisies pied. No more thou winged Marsyas complain, Apollo loveth not to hear such troubled songs of pain! In spite of this difficult end, Wilde was an intelligent, educated man. Come forth my lovely languorous Sphinx! There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship. He is also the author of several fairy tales, critical essays, and other works of prose, as well as the iconic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray Ward, Lock and Co. No more the shepherd lads in glee Throw apples at thy wattled fold, O goat-foot God of Arcady! Could we live it over again, Were it worth the pain, Could the passionate past that is fled Call back its dead! Remembered as much for his imprisonment for homosexuality and early death, as for his literary talent, Wilde cuts a fascinating figure, and his work still inspires millions in the , , and world today.
There walks Queen Juno through some dewy mead,Her grand white feet flecked with the saffron dustOf wind-stirred lilies, while young GanymedeLeaps in the hot and amber-foaming must,His curls all tossed, as when the eagle bareThe frightened boy from Ida through the blue Ionian air. Methinks these new Actaeons boast too soon That they have spied on beauty; what if we Have analysed the rainbow, robbed the moon Of her most ancient, chastest mystery, Shall I, the last Endymion, lose all hope Because rude eyes peer at my mistress through a telescope! Or did you treading through the froth call to the brown Sidonian For tidings of Leviathan, Leviathan or Behemoth? And let me touch those curving claws of yellow ivory and grasp The tail that like a monstrous Asp coils round your heavy velvet paws! Methinks my life is a twice-written scroll Scrawled over on some boyish holiday With idle songs for pipe and virelay, Which do but mar the secret of the whole. Or Hylas mirrored in the perfect stream. Some love too little, some too long, Some sell, and others buy; Some do the deed with many tears, And some without a sigh: For each man kills the thing he loves, Yet each man does not die. Written by Two crowned Kings, and One that stood aloneWith no green weight of laurels round his head,But with sad eyes as one uncomforted,And wearied with man's never-ceasing moanFor sins no bleating victim can atone,And sweet long lips with tears and kisses fed.
When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us. I think there are 12 bodies. And some in Russian waters lie, And others in the seas which are The portals to the East, or by The wind-swept heights of Trafalgar. And many a wandering caravan of stately negroes silken-shawled, Crossing the desert, halts appalled before the neck that none can span. Nay, though thou art a god, be not so coy, For in yon stream there is a little reed That often whispers how a lovely boy Lay with her once upon a grassy mead, Who when his cruel pleasure he had done Spread wings of rustling gold and soared aloft into the sun. No minstrel now wakes echoes in these halls. The Warders with their shoes of felt Crept by each padlocked door, And peeped and saw, with eyes of awe, Grey figures on the floor, And wondered why men knelt to pray Who never prayed before.
He says to the city, 'In ruined loveliness thou liest dead. O tossing waves of wild Euboean sea! Slim Lacon keeps a goat for thee, For thee the jocund shepherds wait; O Singer of Persephone! I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit. Did gilt-scaled dragons writhe and twist with passion as you passed them by? Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word. See, the dawn shivers round the grey gilt-dialled towers, and the rain Streams down each diamonded pane and blurs with tears the wannish day. And clad in bright and burnished panoply Athena strode across the stretch of sick and shivering sea! Those violet-gleaming butterflies that take Yon creamy lily for their pavilion Are monsignores, and where the rushes shake A lazy pike lies basking in the sun, His eyes half shut,—he is some mitred old Bishop in partibus! It is next to the Abbey ruins and the prisoners who were executed there are buried in the grounds of the prison.