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Selected Poetry of Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

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!
        (The Ballad of Reading Gaol, 37-42)
  1. The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Biographical information

Given name: Oscar
Family name: Wilde
Birth date: 15 October 1854
Death date: 30 November 1900
Nationality: Irish
Family relations
          father: William Robert Wills Wilde
          mother: Jane Francisca Wilde
          wife: Constance Wilde (from 1884)
          brother: William Charles Kingsbury Wilde
          son: Cyril Wilde
          son: Vyvyan Wilde
Language: English
Education
          Portora royal school, Enniskillen
          Trinity College, Dublin: 1873 to 1874
          Magdalen College, Oxford (B.A.): 17 October 1874 to 1878
Honours
          Berkeley gold medal: 1874
          Newdigate prize: June 1878
Literary period: Victorian
Residences
          London
          Dublin: 15 October 1856
Cause of death: Cerebral meningitis
Buried at: Bagneux cemetery
First RPO edition: 1996-2000