Tag Archives: Oscar Wilde

I, Only I, Must Wander Wearily

While Easter is often celebrated through elaborate rituals, this Wilde poem reminds us not to forget its true meaning.

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Come Down, O Christ, and Reach Thy Hand

In Wilde’s poem “E Tenebris,” the speaker feels unable to reach up to God.

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Will Trump Pay? Literature Is Unsure

Will Trump escape all accountability? Literature weighs in.

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Does a Mask Tell Us More than a Face?

Oscar Wilde once wrote that a mask tells us more than a face. Does this apply to coronavirus masks?

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“The Farewell’s” Oscar Wilde Ending

The film “Farewell” has a surprise ending that reminds me of a funny scene from “Importance of Being Earnest.”

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Imagine Lit Characters in Reality TV

Thursday I came across this enjoyable tweet from one Ross Danniel Bullen, who imagines a Victorian version of the House Hunters television show: Host: I— Henry James: I should like a kitchen whose concept is – how shall I conceive of it – not closed, not in some way occluded, but bright, agape, unrestrained as […]

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How Dangerous Is a Little Learning?

Pope’s “a little learning” seems dangerous at first glance but the alternative is not entirely attractive.

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Dorian Gray Was Social Dynamite

Oscar Wilde’s accusers but him in jail, but they were right about one thing: “Picture of Dorian Gray” is social dynamite.

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Reflections on Art for Art’s Sake

The art for art’s sake movement buoyed Oscar Wilde in the 1890s, but it’s not a philosophy that works well in every age.

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