Did you know that Oscar Wilde spent two years in an English jail (1895-’97) doing hard labor because he was convicted of “homosexual offenses.” Wilde was born in 1854 in Dublin, Ireland and died in France in 1900 a penniless man. When he was released he fled to France and wrote his final poem titled: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Reading Gaol was the name of the prison he was in.)
Here is an excerpt:
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
This section of the poem was put as an epitath on his tomb
And alien tears will fill for him,
Pity’s long-broken urn,
For his mourners will be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn
I was also unaware that his only novel is The Picture of Dorian Gray. I rather enjoyed that book. Come to think of it, I think I’ll read it again! It’s been a while. And he wrote the screenplay – The Importance of Being Ernest (1895). I enjoyed that as well.
Here are some Wilde quotes:
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
I am not young enough to know everything.
I think I would like to have be able to sit down with this gentleman and have a chat. I think he was an interesting fellow.