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The only excuse of making useless things is that one admires it intensely. But, as Louis Kronenberger observed, "the only difference is that here nothing can seem bogus because nothing pretends-to-be-real; nothing can offend our feelings because nothing can affect them.
Each of the men leads a double life: Jack, who lives in the country with his ward Cecily, has invented an alter ego named Ernest for his life in town; Algernon has done similarly with his imaginary invalid friend Bunbury, who lives in the country.
When the audience shortly learns that each of the young women absurdly wishes to marry a man named Ernest, the stage is set for farcical twists and turns. Over almost all the action presides Lady Bracknell, a woman with wit to spare and a discerning judgment regarding the credentials requisite for the proper marriage.
When Jack and Algernon turn out to be brothers in the same respectable family as Lady Bracknell, the play can end happily and absurdly with the two marriages. In Papers on Language and Literature, Dennis Spininger concurred, explaining that Wilde "uses the tools of the satirist without wanting to cure the follies and ills he criticizes. Perhaps Freedman was correct when in The Moral Impulse he described the play as "an account of the search of several young persons for meaning in a society extraordinarily reluctant, even impotent, to assign importance to anything except the superficial.
If an element of seriousness can be identified in this play, it may be what Eric Bentley in The Playwright as Thinker called "a pseudo-irresponsible jabbing at all the great problems. The Importance of Being Earnest subsequently ran for a month with the author's name removed from the playbills and the program; An Ideal Husband was cancelled almost immediately.
During his imprisonment Wilde continued to write as an essayist. He had been writing critical essays since , when he arrived in London from Oxford and began to write on art for various London periodicals.
In he lectured in America, and these lectures were published after his death by his bibliographer Stuart Mason. Richard Ellman, in his introduction to The Artist as Critic: Wilde clearly had Arnold in mind in "The Critic as Artist," when he turned upside down his predecessor's famous dictum that the function of criticism is to see the object as it really is: Wilde would have it that "the aim of the critic is to see the object as in itself it really is not.
The higher the imagination soars, both from the work of art and from reality, the better the criticism. Just as the critic in this sense can be superior to the artist, so the artist is superior to the man of action.
The man of action is the least imaginative because action is "a base concession to fact. In "The Decay of Lying" he argues that lying is a requisite of art, for without it there is nothing but a base realism.
The problem with the novel in England, Wilde claims, is that writers do not lie enough; they do not have enough imagination in their works: The Soul of Man under Socialism, though not collected in Intentions, was published in the same year, Wilde's society friends must have been amused at his advocacy of socialism, but the conclusions of this essay are consistent with those of the other essays—if we accept his premises about socialism.
Wilde advocates a nonauthoritarian socialism under which the individual would be freed from either the burden of poverty or the burdens of greed and guilt. As Michael Helfand and Philip Smith stated in Texas Studies in Literature and Language, "Wilde formulated a nonauthoritarian socialist theory which encouraged aesthetic activity, analogous to sexual selection, and reduced competition and thus natural selection , as the way of achieving continuous cultural and social improvement.
Wilde's last important essay was written during his imprisonment. Events leading up to Wilde's incarceration began when Lord Alfred Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, tried unsuccessfully to end the relationship between his son and Wilde. Frustrated by his lack of success, he went to Wilde's club and left his card, which was inscribed "To Oscar Wilde posing as a somdomite [ sic ].
Wilde lost the case, and as a result of the testimony against him at the trial, he was arrested and tried for homosexuality. Since the jury could not agree on a verdict, Wilde was tried a second time and ultimately convicted. The record of these trials, which was published by H. Montgomery Hyde in as Trials of Oscar Wilde, makes fascinating reading, revealing as it does the vanity of Wilde, the eccentricities of Queensbury, and exultation of the British public at the verdict.
Wilde was sentenced in May, , to two years of hard labor, most of which was spent at Reading Gaol. A heavily edited version of this letter was published in ; the entire work did not appear until Rupert Hart-Davis's complete edition of Wilde's letters was published in As a work of art, De Profundis suffers from a divided purpose caused in part by the fact that there is more than one audience.
From the beginning Wilde intended the letter to be read by more people than Douglas alone. At the end of the work he expressed its weaknesses as well as anyone later appraising De Profundis has: Then Wilde reverses his position and accepts any blame for the outcome of events. But the vehemence of the early denunciation renders hollow a finely cried statement like the following: To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life.
It is no less than a denial of the soul. And Wilde reasserts the most important critical principles of the earlier essays: In De Profundis, Christ becomes the archetype of the artist, "the most supreme of individualists.
Hyde recorded in The Annotated Oscar Wilde that Yeats called it "a great or almost great poem," but the fact that he chose only thirty-eight of the poem's stanzas for publication in the Oxford Book of Modern Verse suggests his awareness of the work's diffuseness.
The poem appeared in without Wilde's name but with the identification "C. The ballad tells a very moving story of a man condemned to death for the murder of his young wife and records the horror of his fellow prisoners as they watch him go through his last days. Though the poem has much of the realism that Wilde always abhorred, it transcends nineteenth-century prison life in its handling of the themes of suffering, isolation, and collective guilt "Yet each man kills the thing he loves".
The poem is the most successful of Wilde's non-dramatic works primarily because, as Robert Keith Miller said, Wilde himself is "no longer the center of attention. Similarly, Wilde eluded attention after his prison release. He wandered Europe for three and a half years under an assumed name, Sebastian Melmoth, and died bankrupt in a Paris hotel on November 30, Even then, Wilde was "relegated to being a minor fixture in the Victorian pantheon of writers, one admired mainly for The Importance of Being Earnest or considered a representative of Aestheticism or the Decadent movement.
Wilde's stories show that he was able to merge theory and practice, creating works of art that stand up well to critical scrutiny. Just as Wilde the playwright and poet established his place in the literary canon, so Wilde the correspondent has been the object of critical examination as well.
Several volumes of the author's letters have been published, including The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, co-edited by Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland, and published in In his introduction, Holland describes coming across the full texts of letters previously published only in fragments. In his grandson's view, the missives show another side to Wilde, beyond the creator of social comedies and poems. With these letters, maintained Holland, readers must reinterpret the author as "a hard-working professional writer, deeply interested by the issues of his day and carrying in his intellectual baggage something that we all to frequently overlook, a quite extraordinary classical, literary and philosophical education.
Ravenna, Recited in the Theatre, Oxford, June 26, Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library. Poems by Oscar Wilde. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. More About this Poet. Poems by This Poet Bibliography. Early editions under pseudonym C. Smithers London, England , Boston, MA , Serenade, illustrations by Rigby Graham, privately printed, Ebonized furniture means that the wood is painted or stained to a black ebony finish. The furniture is sometimes completely ebony-colored.
More often however, there is gilding added to the carved surfaces of the feathers or stylized flowers that adorn the furniture. As aesthetic movement decor was similar to the corresponding writing style in that it was about sensuality and nature, nature themes often appear on the furniture.
A typical aesthetic feature is the gilded carved flower, or the stylized peacock feather. Colored paintings of birds or flowers are often seen. Non-ebonized aesthetic movement furniture may have realistic-looking 3-dimensional-like renditions of birds or flowers carved into the wood. Contrasting with the ebonized-gilt furniture is use of blue and white for porcelain and china. Similar themes of peacock feathers and nature would be used in blue and white tones on dinnerware and other crockery.
The blue and white design was also popular on square porcelain tiles. It is reported that Oscar Wilde used aesthetic decorations during his youth. This aspect of the movement was also satirised by Punch magazine and in Patience. The house was built in and decorated by Mary Ann Tillson, who happened to attend Oscar Wilde's lecture in Woodstock, and was influenced by it.
Since the Aesthetic art movement was only prevalent from about until about , there are not many surviving examples of this particular style. But one such example is 18 Stafford Terrace , London which provides an insight into how the middle classes interpreted the principles of Aesthetics.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the lifestyle of abstinence, see Asceticism. For the visual system of chitons, see Aesthete chiton. For the group of poets, see Harvard Aesthetes.
Oscar Wilde had often spoken of his belief that, in artistic matters, style outweighed sincerity or substance. As such, in his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his attention was therefore paid to form and the nuances of wording in his novel.
The writing style in The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde was a writer that appreciated writing style more than the actual substance in literary pieces. In his only finished piece, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde accomplished perfection.
Transcript of Oscar Wilde´s writing style and use of language Oscar Wilde´s writing style and use of language Oscar Wilde-born 16, October , Irland, Dublin. The picture of Dorian Gray was published in Oscar Wilde is an almost insanely funny and witty writer. He is % invited to our all-star, all-hilarious dead celebrity dinner party along with Mae West and Joseph Heller.
Wilde really unleashes the rabid hounds of ornamentation on this piece of work. His prose is almost visibly sparkling with gems and gilded bric-a-brac; reading Dorian Gray is like watching an all-out, massively expensive period film. Apr 23, · Oscar Wilde’s STYLE of writing is, in many ways, just as important and rich as the content of the novel. In what ways does Oscar Wilde’s particular use of language enhance meaning in the novel? Consider elements such as tone, diction, imagery, irony, allusion, symbolism, metaphor, personification, juxtaposition, or epigrams.