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Phedre: Oscar Wilde

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Phedre by Oscar Wilde

(To Sarah Bernhardt)

How vain and dull this common world must seem
To such a One as thou, who should’st have talked
At Florence with Mirandola, or walked
Through the cool olives of the Academe:
Thou should’st have gathered reeds from a green stream
For Goat-foot Pan’s shrill piping, and have played
With the white girls in that Phaeacian glade
Where grave Odysseus wakened from his dream.

Ah! surely once some urn of Attic clay
Held thy wan dust, and thou hast come again
Back to this common world so dull and vain,
For thou wert weary of the sunless day,
The heavy fields of scentless asphodel,
The loveless lips with which men kiss in Hell.

Phedre Poem Review

He writes about a woman, possibly the one it has been dedicated to. He praises her beauty and her intellectuality and writes how she deserved to be a person of greater importance in life.

Sarah Bernhardt

Wilde, as is his way of writing, uses metaphors and similes to praise the lady. Each word he writes is like a beautiful sound ringing in your ears if you read it out loud. Oscar Wilde creates an effect with his poem that only he can!

About the Poet

Poet Oscar Wilde was born on 16 October 1854 in Dublin. Wilde was a great writer and poet in the Victorian Era. Oscar Wilde, Poems, Plays and Short Stories inspired a number of people in the Victorian Era.

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Oscar Wilde

Wilde full name was Oscar Fingal O’Flaherty Wills Wilde and. His father was William Wilde who graduated as a doctor at the age of 28. Oscar’s mother was Jane Francesca Agnes, a famous poet and nationalist of that time.

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