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This collection of Oscar Wilde's greatest poems, including The Ballad of Reading Gaol and The Burden of Itys, is at times touching, optimistic, heart-breaking and thought-provoking. Wilde draws upon his own experiences as well as themes such as mythology and individuality to add colour to his poems. Oscar Wilde's satirical, witty and observant voice made his poems indispen This collection of Oscar Wilde's greatest poems, including The Ballad of Reading Gaol and The Burden of Itys, is at times touching, optimistic, heart-breaking and thought-provoking. Wilde draws upon his own experiences as well as themes such as mythology and individuality to add colour to his poems. Oscar Wilde's satirical, witty and observant voice made his poems indispensable during the Aesthetic period, and they continue to captivate readers to this day. He was and still is a celebrated playwright, poet and novelist. Product Information: ISBN: 9781788885140 Author: Oscar Wilde Publisher: Arcturus Format: Paperback Pages: 237 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1.5cm


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This collection of Oscar Wilde's greatest poems, including The Ballad of Reading Gaol and The Burden of Itys, is at times touching, optimistic, heart-breaking and thought-provoking. Wilde draws upon his own experiences as well as themes such as mythology and individuality to add colour to his poems. Oscar Wilde's satirical, witty and observant voice made his poems indispen This collection of Oscar Wilde's greatest poems, including The Ballad of Reading Gaol and The Burden of Itys, is at times touching, optimistic, heart-breaking and thought-provoking. Wilde draws upon his own experiences as well as themes such as mythology and individuality to add colour to his poems. Oscar Wilde's satirical, witty and observant voice made his poems indispensable during the Aesthetic period, and they continue to captivate readers to this day. He was and still is a celebrated playwright, poet and novelist. Product Information: ISBN: 9781788885140 Author: Oscar Wilde Publisher: Arcturus Format: Paperback Pages: 237 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1.5cm

30 review for The Poetry of Oscar Wilde

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    let it be known that I would lay down my entire life for oscar wilde. every single pretentious thing I've ever done, I've done for him let it be known that I would lay down my entire life for oscar wilde. every single pretentious thing I've ever done, I've done for him

  2. 4 out of 5

    Luis

    El amor es el tema predominante, concebido como amor platónico en varias ocasiones, aunque también como recuerdo de un amor quebrado o fallecido en otros. Wilde se sirve de elementos naturales en su gran mayoría, como los pájaros o las hojas, a la hora de adornar su lírica. Resulta poderoso el llanto emotivo del poeta tras las emociones retorcidas que cobran relieve desde la palabra impresa. Elvira Sastre se encarga de traducir, con muy buena sensibilidad, la colección de poemas de Oscar Wilde de El amor es el tema predominante, concebido como amor platónico en varias ocasiones, aunque también como recuerdo de un amor quebrado o fallecido en otros. Wilde se sirve de elementos naturales en su gran mayoría, como los pájaros o las hojas, a la hora de adornar su lírica. Resulta poderoso el llanto emotivo del poeta tras las emociones retorcidas que cobran relieve desde la palabra impresa. Elvira Sastre se encarga de traducir, con muy buena sensibilidad, la colección de poemas de Oscar Wilde de esta antología, donde podemos encontrar parejos el original en inglés y la traducción. Es esencial leer el inglés para tener en cuenta su tono musical y la traducción para captar bien la esencia. He marcado muchos que me han llegado, pero especialmente dudo que jamás olvide Apollogia.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Chi-Girl

    I hadn't read anything by Oscar Wilde since my early college years when I read some of his short stories and poetry during British Literature. There's a real old-time beauty to his prose and I enjoyed listening to it on audio. The narrator was enthusiastic and effusive, but I was really, really disappointed that it wasn't an Irish narrator reading Irish poetry. I hadn't read anything by Oscar Wilde since my early college years when I read some of his short stories and poetry during British Literature. There's a real old-time beauty to his prose and I enjoyed listening to it on audio. The narrator was enthusiastic and effusive, but I was really, really disappointed that it wasn't an Irish narrator reading Irish poetry.

  4. 4 out of 5

    lana

    I love Oscar Wilde and this was such a delight, honestly. I was so hooked in his poetry that I didn’t even realise just how quickly I finished this. I’m going to analyse it deeply because it’s just that good. My pretentious little man!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nayeli

    I've only read some short stories by Wilde, and I've liked them... but I didn't quite connect with his poetry. This book of poems (I'm not sure if they're in chronological order) proved difficult to read. I browsed through it every day and read a couple of pages, not to get overwhelmed, but some are very long and confusing - this is probably my fault. The ones about mythology are interesting, but the imagery is sometimes difficult to understand fully without a re-read and a million Google search I've only read some short stories by Wilde, and I've liked them... but I didn't quite connect with his poetry. This book of poems (I'm not sure if they're in chronological order) proved difficult to read. I browsed through it every day and read a couple of pages, not to get overwhelmed, but some are very long and confusing - this is probably my fault. The ones about mythology are interesting, but the imagery is sometimes difficult to understand fully without a re-read and a million Google searches. I did find the sporadic use of Italian ("La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente") and French ("Ballade de Marguerite") kind of amusing, Wilde was sure a bit of an eccentric. The best poems are at the end, "The Sphinx", "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" and "Ravenna".

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Some poems i liked less, but a few of them were so.... wow. I am speechless I will never stop thinking about this book

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gmayoral

    Otra faceta más de Wilde. Aunque he de decir que su mejor obra en este género para mí es La Balada de la Cárcel de Reading. Los poemas de Poemas de Amor te llegan, los de Balada te desgarran. Otra faceta más de Wilde. Aunque he de decir que su mejor obra en este género para mí es La Balada de la Cárcel de Reading. Los poemas de Poemas de Amor te llegan, los de Balada te desgarran.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mel Rose (Savvy Rose Reads)

    I read the Project Gutenberg edition, which contained Wilde’s collection “Poems” as well as his uncollected poetry and some notable extras (The Sphinx, Ballad of Reading Gaol, and Ravenna). With the exception of Ballad, which I had already read separately, none of the poems stood out. That said, the uncollected poems were much better and more engaging, in my opinion, than the collection itself. Overall, while I’m a fan of Wilde’s fiction, I didn’t find myself drawn in by, or particularly impress I read the Project Gutenberg edition, which contained Wilde’s collection “Poems” as well as his uncollected poetry and some notable extras (The Sphinx, Ballad of Reading Gaol, and Ravenna). With the exception of Ballad, which I had already read separately, none of the poems stood out. That said, the uncollected poems were much better and more engaging, in my opinion, than the collection itself. Overall, while I’m a fan of Wilde’s fiction, I didn’t find myself drawn in by, or particularly impressed with, his poetry. Rating: 2.5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    4.5*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anoja

    Rating: 2.5/5

  11. 4 out of 5

    Juanks Ramirez

    His poetry is a bit rough to read and stay captivated by but honestly the Ballad of Reading Gaol and Charmides were genuinely beautiful to read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Qhuay

    Wilde's poetry is very interesting indeed. He's amazingly jaded and his work has a bittersweet note that draws me in. My favourites were definitely The Harlot's House and The Ballad Of Reading Gaol . I'll put here some of my favourite parts: The Harlot's House (...) Then, turning to my love, I said, 'The dead are dancing with the dead, The dust is whirling with the dust,' But she - she heard the violin, And left my side, and entered in: Love passed into the house of lust. Then suddenly the t Wilde's poetry is very interesting indeed. He's amazingly jaded and his work has a bittersweet note that draws me in. My favourites were definitely The Harlot's House and The Ballad Of Reading Gaol . I'll put here some of my favourite parts: The Harlot's House (...) Then, turning to my love, I said, 'The dead are dancing with the dead, The dust is whirling with the dust,' But she - she heard the violin, And left my side, and entered in: Love passed into the house of lust. Then suddenly the tune went false, The dancers wearied of the waltz, The shadows ceased to wheel and whirl. And down the long and silent street, The dawn, with silver-sandalled feet, Crept like a frightened girl. The Ballad Of Reading Gaol He did not wear his scarlet coat, For blood and wine are red, And blood and wine were on his hands When they found him with the dead, The poor dead woman whom he loved, And murdered in her bed. (...) Yet each man kills the thing he loves, By each 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! (...)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marlee

    “He did not wear his scarlet coat, For blood and wine are red, And blood and wine were on his hands When they found him with the dead, The poor dead women whom he loved, And murdered in her bed…” - the first paragraph of Balled of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde I know this is a review for Oscar Wilde’s poetry, but I am going to be talking about The Balled of Reading Gaol for now. When I started reading The Balled of Reading Gaol I was immediately hooked, I mean it’s Oscar Wilde what do you expect? The wa “He did not wear his scarlet coat, For blood and wine are red, And blood and wine were on his hands When they found him with the dead, The poor dead women whom he loved, And murdered in her bed…” - the first paragraph of Balled of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde I know this is a review for Oscar Wilde’s poetry, but I am going to be talking about The Balled of Reading Gaol for now. When I started reading The Balled of Reading Gaol I was immediately hooked, I mean it’s Oscar Wilde what do you expect? The way this man can write *breaths in heavily through nostrils* it’s beautiful, magnificent, spectacular. Please read The Balled of Reading Gaol, there are a lot of other good Oscar Wilde poems like In the Gold Room (another one of my favorites). But if you have to read one Oscar Wilde work in your life time please pick The Balled of Reading Gaol, and I know any book platform would recommend Dorian Gray (which is good don’t get me wrong) but The Balled of Reading Gaol was something else!

  14. 5 out of 5

    yo entre letras y paginas

    La esperada ironía y picardía de Oscar Wilde no la encontré en el poemario o quizás, simplemente, no lo entendí porque está escrito en el inglés bíblico que como me cuesta 🤪 Sin duda cada poema es una maravilla, escritos por uno de mis autores favoritos 🤩 El autor plasma sus interpretaciones de mitos irlandeses y otros temas que llegan más al alma. Dice ser también satírico por eso estoy segura de que en mi medio traducción mental me perdí de mucho 😜 Hay poemas que me encantaron, comparto algunos v La esperada ironía y picardía de Oscar Wilde no la encontré en el poemario o quizás, simplemente, no lo entendí porque está escrito en el inglés bíblico que como me cuesta 🤪 Sin duda cada poema es una maravilla, escritos por uno de mis autores favoritos 🤩 El autor plasma sus interpretaciones de mitos irlandeses y otros temas que llegan más al alma. Dice ser también satírico por eso estoy segura de que en mi medio traducción mental me perdí de mucho 😜 Hay poemas que me encantaron, comparto algunos versos: “𝖳𝗁𝗈𝗎 𝗄𝗇𝗈𝗐𝖾𝗌𝗍 𝖺𝗅𝗅; 𝖨 𝖼𝖺𝗇𝗇𝗈𝗍 𝗌𝖾𝖾. 𝖨 𝗍𝗋𝗎𝗌𝗍 𝖨 𝗌𝗁𝖺𝗅𝗅 𝗇𝗈𝗍 𝗅𝗂𝗏𝖾 𝗂𝗇 𝗏𝖺𝗂𝗇, 𝖨 𝗄𝗇𝗈𝗐 𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗐𝖾 𝗌𝗁𝖺𝗅𝗅 𝗆𝖾𝖾𝗍 𝖺𝗀𝖺𝗂𝗇 𝖨𝗇 𝗌𝗈𝗆𝖾 𝖽𝗂𝗏𝗂𝗇𝖾 𝖾𝗍𝖾𝗋𝗇𝗂𝗍𝗒.” ➳. ♥. ➳ “𝖶𝖾𝗅𝗅, 𝗂𝖿 𝗆𝗒 𝗁𝖾𝖺𝗋𝗍 𝗆𝗎𝗌𝗍 𝖻𝗋𝖾𝖺𝗄, 𝖣𝖾𝖺𝗋 𝗅𝗈𝗏𝖾, 𝖿𝗈𝗋 𝗒𝗈𝗎𝗋 𝗌𝖺𝗄𝖾, 𝖨𝗍 𝗐𝗂𝗅𝗅 𝖻𝗋𝖾𝖺𝗄 𝗂𝗇 𝗆𝗎𝗌𝗂𝖼, 𝖨 𝗄𝗇𝗈𝗐, 𝖯𝗈𝖾𝗍𝗌’ 𝗁𝖾𝖺𝗋𝗍𝗌 𝖻𝗋𝖾𝖺𝗄 𝗌𝗈.” ➳. ♥. ➳ “𝖨𝗍 𝗂𝗌 𝗌𝗐𝖾𝖾𝗍 𝗍𝗈 𝖽𝖺𝗇𝖼𝖾 𝗍𝗈 𝗏𝗂𝗈𝗅𝗂𝗇𝗌 𝖶𝗁𝖾𝗇 𝖫𝗈𝗏𝖾 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖫𝗂𝖿𝖾 𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝖿𝖺𝗂𝗋.”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Margie Dickinson

    My goodness, some individuals possess a great wealth of language!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Roles

    'For thou wert weary of the sunless day, The heavy fields of scentless asphodel, The loveless lips with which men kiss in Hell.' 'For thou wert weary of the sunless day, The heavy fields of scentless asphodel, The loveless lips with which men kiss in Hell.'

  17. 4 out of 5

    J. Fyodorovna

    «He tomado mi decisión, he vivido mis poemas, y aunque la juventud se haya perdido en los días, he descubierto que la corona de mirto del amante es mejor que la corona de laurel del poeta.» Cada vez que leo a Oscar Wilde siento que estoy ante uno de los mejores autores de la literatura occidental. Este libro fue una recomendación y me alegro muchísimo de haberlo leído. Es una edición bilingüe y ya sabéis que eso hace que le ponga siempre más nota. Recomendado.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dan Sendker

    Oscar Wilde was never a writer I was interested in exploring that much, but I'm trying to read books that have sat on my shelf for a while. Overall, this collection was perfectly fine. In fact, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" was one of the best long poems I've ever read. But there were enough mediocre poems that didn't hold my interest. Oscar Wilde was never a writer I was interested in exploring that much, but I'm trying to read books that have sat on my shelf for a while. Overall, this collection was perfectly fine. In fact, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" was one of the best long poems I've ever read. But there were enough mediocre poems that didn't hold my interest.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Xabier Fernández

    directo a mis poemarios favoritos. sublime.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Daniela

    Non mi sono piaciute, non sono riuscita a farle mie. Le trovo molto colte, ma non mi hanno emozionato, ad eccezione di qualcuna.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lis-lou

    2.5 Beaucoup de longs -interminables- passages, mais quand même certains vers très beaux et poétiques

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I have never been more disappointed by a poet. 220+ pages and three (3) good poems. The vast majority of this book is pedestrian at best. Half the poems are Neo-classical, half Romantic, but they’re all about 50-100 years too late to fit in with the periods Wilde was emulating. It’s clear he only ever looked backwards, not forwards. I was also surprised to see how much Wilde praised the Empire in his poems, particularly Cromwell, who famously attempted to wipe the Irish off the face of the earth I have never been more disappointed by a poet. 220+ pages and three (3) good poems. The vast majority of this book is pedestrian at best. Half the poems are Neo-classical, half Romantic, but they’re all about 50-100 years too late to fit in with the periods Wilde was emulating. It’s clear he only ever looked backwards, not forwards. I was also surprised to see how much Wilde praised the Empire in his poems, particularly Cromwell, who famously attempted to wipe the Irish off the face of the earth. It’s a very confused oeuvre. Whatever his gifts for prose and pomp may have been, he was a god awful poet. I don’t recommend one bothers with these.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ds

    ITA-ENG Preferisco il Wilde dei romanzi al Wilde poeta, però è una bella raccolta e alcune poesie mi hanno davvero colpita, in particolar modo Rosa Mistica. Consiglio di leggere prima alcuni cenni biografici di Wilde (e l'introduzione in questo libro è perfetta) e De Profundis per arrivare ad affrontare le poesie in un certo modo e capire meglio il pensiero che vi sta dietro. I prefer Wilde's novels than poetry, but this is a great collections and I really loved some poems, especially Rosa Mystic ITA-ENG Preferisco il Wilde dei romanzi al Wilde poeta, però è una bella raccolta e alcune poesie mi hanno davvero colpita, in particolar modo Rosa Mistica. Consiglio di leggere prima alcuni cenni biografici di Wilde (e l'introduzione in questo libro è perfetta) e De Profundis per arrivare ad affrontare le poesie in un certo modo e capire meglio il pensiero che vi sta dietro. I prefer Wilde's novels than poetry, but this is a great collections and I really loved some poems, especially Rosa Mystica. I recommend reading some of his biography before (the introduction in this book is perfect for this) and De Profundis to face the poems in a certain set of mind and understand better the work and soul behind it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cha

    “Roses and Rue” when read to one’s prepubescent daughter, makes a connection that a direct conversation couldn’t make. “The Ballad of Reading Goal” warped me into the poem’s world, that after reading I thought, if I read this to my teenage son, maybe he will understand more than what I could explain about despair, regret, unforeseen consequences and the worst side of hope (which is the longing to live one more day in a cycle of despair, regret, unforeseen consequences and hope not to be picked “t “Roses and Rue” when read to one’s prepubescent daughter, makes a connection that a direct conversation couldn’t make. “The Ballad of Reading Goal” warped me into the poem’s world, that after reading I thought, if I read this to my teenage son, maybe he will understand more than what I could explain about despair, regret, unforeseen consequences and the worst side of hope (which is the longing to live one more day in a cycle of despair, regret, unforeseen consequences and hope not to be picked “to sway”)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dj Fullen

    I’ve always struggled with reading poetry but Oscar Wilde writes like the everyman and so it’s much easier to understand. I still had to reread many poems to catch the meaning, or move to a quieter room, but overall I enjoyed the book of poems. Requiescat was my favorite, likely because I recently lost a family member and this sounded like a nice tribute to her.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michela

    I really enjoyed this book. I love how Oscar Wilde writes poetry as if they are short stories. I found that quite interesting. I also love how some of the poems talk about Gods. I have a fascination with gods so I was happy to read some poetry about them. I just really like the writing style and how unique his poems are.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jill booksandescape

    The Poetry of Oscar Wilde collects the greatest and most well-known poems of acclaimed novelist and playwright, Oscar Wilde. It was an interesting change of pace for me to read this poetry book. I enjoyed Wilde's interpretations of myths and legends, and a lot of lines were really impactful. The Poetry of Oscar Wilde collects the greatest and most well-known poems of acclaimed novelist and playwright, Oscar Wilde. It was an interesting change of pace for me to read this poetry book. I enjoyed Wilde's interpretations of myths and legends, and a lot of lines were really impactful.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Cronin

    Of all the poetry books I’ve read this year, this was the best one in my opinion. I got through it in a week and could understand a decent number of the poems. I don’t really know what else to say about this. It was a little boring, but I just don’t like poetry collections as much as other books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aidan Gagnon

    It's a really nice compact edition, something you can keep in your jacket pocket. The actual arrangement is amazing and the organization reflects a great understanding of Wilde's poems. Not a companion book, though! Great for writing notes in but not for taking notes from. It's a really nice compact edition, something you can keep in your jacket pocket. The actual arrangement is amazing and the organization reflects a great understanding of Wilde's poems. Not a companion book, though! Great for writing notes in but not for taking notes from.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amalie

    De fleste af digtene var desværre ikke helt min smag (jeg fandt dem lidt for pretentiøse, eller de gav bare ikke så meget mening for mig), bortset fra 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol', der stak rigtig meget i hjertet. Bravo. De fleste af digtene var desværre ikke helt min smag (jeg fandt dem lidt for pretentiøse, eller de gav bare ikke så meget mening for mig), bortset fra 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol', der stak rigtig meget i hjertet. Bravo.

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