Oscar Wilde: Visionary Playwright And Forgotten Sodomite

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“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”(Oscar Wilde) Just starting off in the world, this phrase can be a bit bemusing to the average student. Especially in the rigorous social norms of the Victorian age. But if this phrase was uttered at the end of his life, toward his downfall, the betrayal of his fans, the loss of a wife and a lover, his inevitable imprisonment; it would make much more sense for this troubled man. As an aesthetic to the core, Wilde used his unending wit to satirize the Victorian Era through his plays and novel. But he showed a softer, more morose side in his poetry. A prevalent theme in his verse was the death of others. Not necessarily people close to him, ...view middle of the document...

(Oxford 278) Perhaps in his later work, Wilde would lean to the “depression” and “rapturous agony” of the romantic persuasion.(World Poets Vol.III 245) However the root and bulk of his work is heavily based in aestheticism.
“Everything popular is wrong.”Oscar Wilde was a rebel in his times. Be it the clothes he wore, his way with words, or even the meaning behind his writing. In the late 1800’s, Wilde wrote for his muse:aestheticism. Back then it was important that society and everyone in it worked like the machines of times. The individual becomes lost in the crowd, while Wilde wanted the world to focus on the beauty of the soul, nature, and even loss of life. He wanted each man to realize his own importance(WP 239), cast away the shackles added to him by society, and accept the beauty of the world. However if a man relied too heavily on Victorian Code, one would find themselves on the chopping block. Wilde loved to tear the average man down through his “Wildely” popular plays and lectures.(Wright BW 359) If you didn’t immerse yourself in the pulchritude of the world, you were...

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