Sonntag, Oktober 16, 2005

TODAY IS OSCAR WILDE'S BIRTHDAY


In the summer of 1891, Oscar met Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas, the third son of the Marquis of Queensberry. Bosie was well aquanited with Oscar's novel, Dorian Gray and was an undergraduate at Oxford. They soon became lovers and were inseparable until Wilde's arrest three years later. In April 1895, Oscar sued Bosie's father for libel on the charge of homosexuality. Oscar withdrew his case but was himself arrested and convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years of hard labour.

At the head there is a photo from Oscar Wilde and his cute boyfriend Bosie.

Here are two verses from Oscar Wilde's "The Ballad of Roading Goal" which he composed in the prison:

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!

Some kill their love when they are young,
And some when they are old;
Some strangle with the hands of Lust,
Some with the hands of Gold:
The kindest use a knife,
becauseThe dead so soon grow cold.

2 Comments:

Blogger Pat said...

That is so heartbreaking how society treated Oscar Wilde. I always admired him for his bravery.

6:35 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Pat:
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Yes it's a shame! Have a great new week!

http://www.planetmonk.com/wilde/

9:54 vorm.  

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