Top 10 Reasons to Love Oscar Wilde

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Few literary stars have burned as bright as the late Oscar Wilde, whose unique, paradoxical and intriguing blend of boldness and grace dazzled in the flesh, as well as on the printed page.
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While Wilde remains a controversial figure – his calculated flamboyancy inspired many, yet irritated his detractors – few dispute the talent, influence and singularity of the man and his work.
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I adore and greatly respect Oscar Wilde – do you? 10. Immorality At Wilde?s core, passions simmered.
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Although he tried to live conventionally by marrying Constance Lloyd, as time passed, he found it more difficult to repress (or even to take care to hide) his sexual preferences.
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As he embraced his true self, he naturally turned away from the moral status quo of his time.
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After all, the value system of his age was clearly in direct opposition to his own desires.
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While he occasionally romanticized the rites of Catholicism, primarily for their beauty alone, the principles of the church were typically analyzed (in great detail) and then forcefully rejected.
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While critics of Wilde?may view the author, poet and playwright?s ?immorality? as a great negative, those who honour Wilde?s spirit and his literary legacy are probably more likely to view this ?immorality? as honesty, with regard to living one?s life one?s own way. 9. Decadence ?I have a duty to myself to amuse myself frightfully.? Again, decadence, like immorality, may not be viewed as a virtue, depending on a person?s own moral perspective. In other words, this type of excess is not everyone?s cup of tea.
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However, those who do value the hedonistic elements of life experience may well appreciate the innate (and carefully cultivated) decadence of Wilde.
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It is very safe to say that Wilde pushed things to the edge.
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Sometimes, his desire for pleasure led him to make terrible mistakes ? for example, his liaisons with men?were well-documented, and these dalliances tarnished his reputation, while also setting the stage for later imprisonment within the dank confines of Reading Gaol.
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By acting out publicly, Wilde gave his enemies, who were legion, a great deal of ammunition.
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However, his decadent experiences surely provided him with the self-expression and inspiration that he needed in order to achieve pinnacles of creativity.
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Wilde, unafraid of much of anything, (although he did have some fear of poverty and ridicule, both of which awaited him in the distance) and certainly unafraid of the darker elements of human existence, was more than happy to lead a very decadent life, frolicking among the denizens of the night. Lazy (he preferred to be called, ?languid?) and chatty, Wilde was renowned for embracing the life of the mind?. However, he was also a sensual human being.
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Therefore, he frequently soothed (or stimulated, depending on his mood) his senses with excesses of food, rivers of alcohol, dandyish clothing, and a stream of young and handsome lovers. 8. Heart One young and handsome lover stole Wilde’s heart.
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Nicknamed ?Bosie?, this delicate, blond creature (Lord Alfred Douglas), displayed caprices and quirks which were certainly a match for the Irish-born Wilde?s own idiosyncrasies.
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While Wilde was often perceived as the blithe, above-it-all, cold aesthete, his feelings for his beloved Bosie, who, in the end betrayed him terribly (according to a letter written by Wilde, De Profundis and according to accounts from other parties who knew Douglas and Wilde), ran very hot.
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Until the end of his life, Oscar wrestled with his tortured passion for Lord Alfred Douglas ? in moments of clarity, such as those experienced during his soul-destroying (and health-destroying) stay in Reading Gaol, he saw his true love for who he really was ? a shallow and childish man who was motivated almost entirely by self-interest.
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Yet, even then, Wilde?s heart would sometimes soften towards the often cruel and always beautiful man who was once his primary muse.
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It?s certainly possible that Bosie had sincerely returned his ardor, back in the old days.
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It may be argued that Wilde?s enduring love for Bosie was a central element in his eventual loss of reputation, poverty and early death.
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After all, it was Bosie?s irate father who publicly accused Wilde of homosexuality, thereby provoking Wilde to sue him.
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Although this libel lawsuit was dropped, Wilde was later charged with several counts of gross indecency and was convicted on those charges (and sent to prison).
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On the flip side, his adoration of the spoiled English aristocrat and poet (who coined the famous phrase, ?I am the love that dare not speak its name?) undoubtedly added significant fire and eloquence to his work.
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Wilde idealized his lover until reality stared him in the face and he could no longer make himself believe that Bosie?s love was in any way equal to his own. At this point, he experienced intense heartbreak. So, Wilde did know how to love. He did have a heart. While he was as imperfect as any other lover, he demonstrated loyalty to Bosie in tangible and poignant ways, over and over again, until he simply could not do so anymore. 7. Influence While Wilde had Bosie as his muse, as well as other muses, such as his own mother, who was quite eccentric, and the popular stage actress (and great beauty) of the day, Lillie Langtry, he also served (and continues to serve) as the muse for other artists.
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For example, back in his time, he was the subject of a pen-and-ink drawing which was created by the acclaimed artist, Aubrey Beardsley, who work is, in equal measures, elegant and grotesque. In addition, Beardsley illustrated scenes from Wilde?s controversial play, Salome, which Oscar wrote while inhabiting Paris. In our time, Wilde continues to inspire.
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One key example of Wilde?s modern influence is director Todd Hayne?s cinematic effort, Velvet Goldmine.
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This film tells the story of a famous glam-rock star who fakes his own death, and whose androgynous, flamboyant ways are inspired by the spirit of Wilde, whose gemstone brooch the glam-rock star (played by actor, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) wore. Musicians who count Wilde among their muses include former Smiths frontman, Morrissey, who collects Wilde first editions, and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins (the Smashing Pumpkin?s ?Stand Inside Your Love? video is a tribute to the Wilde play, Salome). Of course, these examples merely scratch the surface, as Wilde?s influence is so far-reaching. 6. The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde penned only one novel – The Picture of Dorian Gray.
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However, this relatively slim volume left an indelible impression upon its readers.
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Published in the summer of 1890, the novel outraged certain critics of the time, due to its ?innovative? approach to morality.
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In fact, the editors of the novel culled certain passages from the work, without telling the author, in an attempt to tone down the book?s ?indecency? before its publication.
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In time, Wilde himself stepped in and altered his work, by writing extra chapters and adding a now-infamous Preface.
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In the story, the protagonist, Dorian Gray, is painted by an artist named Basil. Basil becomes obsessed with his handsome subject.
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Dorian then meets an aristocrat, Lord Henry, who influences his behavior and beliefs.
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Celebrating beauty and sensual pleasures above all else, Lord Henry becomes the catalyst for pronounced changes in Dorian?s personality.
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Gray becomes fearful of losing his youth and allure, and lightheartedly relates a wish to sell his soul in return for never-ending youth.
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In other words, he wants his portrait to grow old, while he remains exactly as he is now. Magically, the request is granted.
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As Dorian falls further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his painting shows the march of time ? and the fearful effects of sin. 5. Plays The multitalented Wilde also excelled as a playwright.
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His efforts in this literary genre, such as Salome, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband and A Woman of No Importance, are known for their stinging social critiques (which are delivered with Wilde?s characteristic elegance and refinement), their clever dialogue and their posh settings. Among his works, Salome stands out from all of the rest.
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With Salome, Wilde deviated from the norm, by setting his play in Biblical times.
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Those who appreciate satire which attacks the hypocrisy and moral strictness of the Victorian Age will likely benefit from reading these works and/or attending performances of the plays. 4. Poetry Oscar Wilde wrote many beautiful poems.
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However, one of them is utterly devastating in terms of its emotional honesty.
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Written in memory of his sister, Isola, who had died at the tender age of 9, due to an ?effusion of the brain,??Resquiescat will likely move anyone who has lost someone that they loved deeply. Excerpt from Resquiescat Peace, Peace, she cannot hear Lyre or sonnet, All my life?s buried here, Heap earth upon it 3. Style The role of aesthete came naturally to Wilde, who ardently believed in the value of the style and the superficial. While there was clearly much more to Wilde than surface appearances, he was nonetheless devoted to appearances and made no secret of the fact. From his long, dark hair, which his jailers forced him to cut off (to his great consternation!) to his rakish chapeaus (tilted to the side, if you please) to his sweeping capes and velvet and silk suiting (these separates were always accented with luxurious ties and stockings which complemented Wilde?s coloring to perfection), it was abundantly clear that Oscar cared about his outfits. In addition, he believed that everyone should be able to wear whatever they wished.
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This mode of thinking was obviously rather unorthodox during Oscar?s era.Wilde shared his views on fashion/aesthetics in his treatise, The Philosophy of Dress. 2. Wit Should the wit of Oscar Wilde be at Number One on my list? Perhaps! After all, it is a pure distillation of the man?s genius. While I chose a different attribute for the top spot, the glittering bon mots of Wilde are definitely a great reason to love him.
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Since Wilde is quoted so extensively, even today, I won?t detail all of his most classic lines here. Chances are, you?ve read them all before.
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Suffice it to say that a gem, such as ?It is absurd to divide people into good and bad.
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People are either charming or tedious? will always resonate with many of us. Amusing, exuberant, rebellious, pitiless.
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Wilde?s exceptional intelligence and unique mindset brought magic to every quip and chance remark that he uttered, and the world is better for it. 1. Bravery Who is braver than Wilde? Who suffered more in order to be who he truly was? By facing his oppressors, in court and out in the world, Wilde displayed the magnificent courage of a lion. To imagine Wilde?s suffering in Reading Gaol is painful, and it?s something that I?ve done often. To think that one of the great minds of the age was locked up and relentlessly persecuted, although he hurt no one, is heartbreaking. ?How many others who love (or loved) have also suffered for it, although they hurt no one? So many. This great visionary gave countless gifts to the world.
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Sadly, in the end, most of his friends were of the fair-weather variety.
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In other words, they chose to shun him when he was penniless and in disgrace.
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However, in his bravery and honesty, he distinguished himself as an authentic human being. He moved beyond the superficial.
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In addition, with his body of work alone, he immortalized himself. few literary stars have burned as bright as the late Oscar Wilde whose unique paradoxical and intriguing blends of boldness and grace dazzled in the flash as well as on the printed page while what all remains a controversial figure is calculated flamboyancy inspired many yet irritated is detract his few dispute the talents influence and singularity of the man in this work in the video today we’re looking at some of the reasons why he was just quite so great number 10 immorality at wilds core passions simmered although he tried to live conventionally by marrying Constance Lloyd as time passed he found him more difficult to repress or even to take care to hide his sexual preferences as he embraced his true self he naturally turned away from the moral status quo of his time after all the value system of his age was clearly in direct opposition to his own desires while he occasionally romanticized the rights of Catholicism primarily for their beauty alone the principles of the church were typically analyzed in great detail and then forcefully rejected while critics of Wilde may view the author poet and playwrights in morality as a great negative those who wanna wilds literary legacy are more likely to view this immorality as honesty with regards to living one’s life one’s own way number nine decadence I have a duty to manage to amuse myself frightfully again decadence like immorality may not be viewed as a virtue depending on a person’s own moral perspective in other words this type of excess is not everyone’s cup of tea however those who do value the hedonistic elements of life’s experience may well appreciate the innate and carefully cultivated decadence of wild it is very safe to say that Wilde pushed things to the edge sometimes his desire for pleasure led him to make terrible mistakes for example his liaisons with men were well-documented and these dalliance astonished his reputation while also setting the stage for measure imprisonments within the dank confines of reading jail by acting out publicly Wilde gave his enemies who were legion a great deal of ammunition however his decadent experiences surely provided him with some of these self-expression and inspiration that he needed in order to achieve the pinnacle of creativity Wiles unafraid of much of anything although he did some fear of poverty and ridicule both of which weighted him in the distance and certainly unafraid of the darker elements of human existence was more than happy to lead a very decadent life frogging among the denizens of the night lazy and chatty Wilde was renowned for embracing the life of the minds however he was also a sensual human being therefore he frequently soothed or stimulated depending on his mood his sensors with excesses of food rivers of alcohol dandiya sh clothing and a stream of young and handsome lovers number eight heart one young and handsome lover stole wilds heart nicknames bow see this delicate blond creature Lord Alfred Douglass displayed quirks which were certainly a match for the Irish born wilds own idiosyncrasies while Wilde was often perceived as blithe above it all and cold his feelings for his beloved Boise who in the ends betrayed him profoundly ran very hot until the end of his life Oscar wrestled with his tortured passion for Lord Alfred Douglas in moments of clarity such as those experienced during his soul destroying and health destroying stay and reading jail he saw his true love who he really was a shallow and childish man he was motivated almost entirely by self-interest yet even then wild heart would sometimes soften towards the often cruel and always beautiful man who was once his primary muse it is entirely possible the Boise had returned his ardor back in the old days it may be argued that Wilde is enduring love for the man was central elements in his eventual loss of reputation his poverty and his early death after all it was Boise’s irate father who publicly accused Wilde of hema sexuality there by provoking wild to sue him although this libel lawsuit was dropped Wilde was later charged with several counts of gross indecency and was convicted on those charges and sent to prison on the flip side his adoration of the Spalding Machaerus Turk rat and poet who coins the famous phrase and the love that dare not speak its name undoubtedly added significant fire and eloquence to his work Wilde idolized his lover until reality stared him in the face and he could no longer make himself believe that Boise’s love was in any way equal to his own at this point he experienced intense heartbreak number-7 influence while Wilde had boise as his muse as well as other muses such as his own mother who was quite eccentric as the popular stage actress and great beauty of the day Lily three he also served and continues to serve as the muse for many other artists for example back in his time he was the subject of a pen and ink drawing which was created by the acclaimed artist or Bri Beardsley in addition Beardsley Illustrated scenes from wilds controversial play Salome which Oscar wrote while living in Paris in all-time wild continues to inspire one key example of wilds modern influences director Todd Haynes cinematic effort velvet goldmine this film tells the story of a famous glam rock star who fakes his own death and whose androgynous flamboyant ways are inspired by the spirit of wild who’s gemstone brooch the glam rock star war musician sue Count wild is one of them users include former Smiths frontman Morrissey who collects first editions of his work as well as Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins of course these examples only scratch the surface because wilds influence is so far reaching number six the Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde’s pens only one novel the Picture of Dorian Gray however this relatively slim volume left an indelible impression upon its readers published in the summer of 1890 the novel outraged certain critics of the time due to its innovative approach to morality in fact the editors of the novel called certain passengers from the work without telling the author in an attempt to tone down the books indecency before its publication in time Wilde himself stepped in and altered his work by writing extra chapters and adding a now infamous preface in the story the protagonist Dorian Gray is painted by an artist named basil basil becomes obsessed with us and some subject Dorian then meets an aristocrat Lord Henry who influences his behavior and beliefs celebrating sensual pleasures and beauty above all else Lord Henry becomes the catalyst for pronounced changes in Dorian’s personality gray becomes fearful of losing his youth and his allure and lightheartedly relates a wish to sell his soul in return for never ending youth in other words he wants his portrait to grow old while he remains exactly as he is now magically the request is granted as Dorian falls further into a hedonistic lifestyle the painting shows the march of time and the fearful effects of sin number five plays the multi-talented wild also excelled as a playwright his efforts in this literary genres such as Salome The Importance of Being Earnest an ideal husband and a woman of no importance are known for their stinging social critiques which are delivered with wilds characteristic elegance and refinement among his work Salome stands out from all the rest with Salome Wilde deviated from the norm by setting his play in biblical times those who appreciate satire which attacks the hypocrisy and moral strictness of the Victorian age will likely benefit from reading these works and or attempting to see performances of the plays number four poetry Oscar Wilde wrote many beautiful poems however one of them is utterly devastating in terms of emotional honesty written in the memory of his sister Sola who had died at the tender age of nine due to an effusion of the brain the poem will likely move anyone who has lost someone that they loved so deeply the poem is called reckless cats and here’s an excerpt piece piece she cannot hear liar or sonnet or my life’s buried here he paths upon it number three style there all of these feet came naturally to Wilde who ardently believed in the value of style while there was clearly much more to wild than surface appearances he was nonetheless devoted to appearances and made no secret of the fact from his long dark hair to his sweeping capes and velvet and silk suiting it was abundantly clear that Oscar cared about his outfits in addition he believed that everyone should be able to wear whatever they wished this mode of thinking was obviously rather unorthodox during Oscars era while shared his views on fashion and aesthetics in his treatise the philosophy of dress number two wit may be the wit of Oscar Wilde should be number one in this video after all it is a pure distillation of the man’s genius but we’ve actually put another thing at number one since Wilde is so extensively quoted even today I’m not going to detail any of his classic line sir chances are you’ve read them all before suffice it is to say that a gem such as it is absurd to divide people into good and bad people are either charming or tedious we’ll always resonate with many of us amusing exuberant rebellious pitiless wilds exceptional intelligence and unique mindset brought magic to every quip and chance remark that he uttered and the world is better for it number one bravery who is braver than Wiles who suffered more in order to be who he truly was by facing his oppressors in court and out in the world while displayed the Magnificent courage for lion to imagine wild suffering in reading jealous painful to think the one of the greatest minds of the age was locked up and relentlessly persecuted even though he heard no one is heartbreaking the great visionary gave countless gifts to the world sadly in the end most of his friends were of the Fairweather variety in other words they chose to shun him when he was penniless and in disgrace however in his bravery and honesty he distinguished himself as an authentic human being he moved beyond the superficial in addition with just his body of work he immortalized himself so I really hope you found that video interesting please do hit that thumbs up button below and do not forget to subscribe brand new videos every day of the week also check out something from the archives a link to on the screen now and as always thank you for watching

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Few literary stars have burned as bright as the late Oscar Wilde, whose unique, paradoxical and intriguing blend of boldness and grace dazzled in the flesh, as well as on the printed page. While Wilde remains a controversial figure – his calculated flamboyancy inspired many, yet irritated his detractors – few dispute the talent, influence and singularity of the man and his work.

I adore and greatly respect Oscar Wilde – do you? 10. Immorality At Wilde?s core, passions simmered. Although he tried to live conventionally by marrying Constance Lloyd, as time passed, he found it more difficult to repress (or even to take care to hide) his sexual preferences.

As he embraced his true self, he naturally turned away from the moral status quo of his time. After all, the value system of his age was clearly in direct opposition to his own desires. While he occasionally romanticized the rites of Catholicism, primarily for their beauty alone, the principles of the church were typically analyzed (in great detail) and then forcefully rejected.

While critics of Wilde?may view the author, poet and playwright?s ?immorality? as a great negative, those who honour Wilde?s spirit and his literary legacy are probably more likely to view this ?immorality? as honesty, with regard to living one?s life one?s own way.

9. Decadence ?I have a duty to myself to amuse myself frightfully.? Again, decadence, like immorality, may not be viewed as a virtue, depending on a person?s own moral perspective. In other words, this type of excess is not everyone?s cup of tea.

However, those who do value the hedonistic elements of life experience may well appreciate the innate (and carefully cultivated) decadence of Wilde. It is very safe to say that Wilde pushed things to the edge.

Sometimes, his desire for pleasure led him to make terrible mistakes ? for example, his liaisons with men?were well-documented, and these dalliances tarnished his reputation, while also setting the stage for later imprisonment within the dank confines of Reading Gaol.

By acting out publicly, Wilde gave his enemies, who were legion, a great deal of ammunition. However, his decadent experiences surely provided him with the self-expression and inspiration that he needed in order to achieve pinnacles of creativity.

Wilde, unafraid of much of anything, (although he did have some fear of poverty and ridicule, both of which awaited him in the distance) and certainly unafraid of the darker elements of human existence, was more than happy to lead a very decadent life, frolicking among the denizens of the night.

Lazy (he preferred to be called, ?languid?) and chatty, Wilde was renowned for embracing the life of the mind?. However, he was also a sensual human being. Therefore, he frequently soothed (or stimulated, depending on his mood) his senses with excesses of food, rivers of alcohol, dandyish clothing, and a stream of young and handsome lovers.

8. Heart One young and handsome lover stole Wilde’s heart. Nicknamed ?Bosie?, this delicate, blond creature (Lord Alfred Douglas), displayed caprices and quirks which were certainly a match for the Irish-born Wilde?s own idiosyncrasies.

While Wilde was often perceived as the blithe, above-it-all, cold aesthete, his feelings for his beloved Bosie, who, in the end betrayed him terribly (according to a letter written by Wilde, De Profundis and according to accounts from other parties who knew Douglas and Wilde), ran very hot.

Until the end of his life, Oscar wrestled with his tortured passion for Lord Alfred Douglas ? in moments of clarity, such as those experienced during his soul-destroying (and health-destroying) stay in Reading Gaol, he saw his true love for who he really was ? a shallow and childish man who was motivated almost entirely by self-interest.

Yet, even then, Wilde?s heart would sometimes soften towards the often cruel and always beautiful man who was once his primary muse. It?s certainly possible that Bosie had sincerely returned his ardor, back in the old days.

It may be argued that Wilde?s enduring love for Bosie was a central element in his eventual loss of reputation, poverty and early death. After all, it was Bosie?s irate father who publicly accused Wilde of homosexuality, thereby provoking Wilde to sue him.

Although this libel lawsuit was dropped, Wilde was later charged with several counts of gross indecency and was convicted on those charges (and sent to prison). On the flip side, his adoration of the spoiled English aristocrat and poet (who coined the famous phrase, ?I am the love that dare not speak its name?) undoubtedly added significant fire and eloquence to his work.

Wilde idealized his lover until reality stared him in the face and he could no longer make himself believe that Bosie?s love was in any way equal to his own. At this point, he experienced intense heartbreak.

So, Wilde did know how to love. He did have a heart. While he was as imperfect as any other lover, he demonstrated loyalty to Bosie in tangible and poignant ways, over and over again, until he simply could not do so anymore.

7. Influence While Wilde had Bosie as his muse, as well as other muses, such as his own mother, who was quite eccentric, and the popular stage actress (and great beauty) of the day, Lillie Langtry, he also served (and continues to serve) as the muse for other artists.

For example, back in his time, he was the subject of a pen-and-ink drawing which was created by the acclaimed artist, Aubrey Beardsley, who work is, in equal measures, elegant and grotesque. In addition, Beardsley illustrated scenes from Wilde?s controversial play, Salome, which Oscar wrote while inhabiting Paris.

In our time, Wilde continues to inspire. One key example of Wilde?s modern influence is director Todd Hayne?s cinematic effort, Velvet Goldmine. This film tells the story of a famous glam-rock star who fakes his own death, and whose androgynous, flamboyant ways are inspired by the spirit of Wilde, whose gemstone brooch the glam-rock star (played by actor, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) wore.

Musicians who count Wilde among their muses include former Smiths frontman, Morrissey, who collects Wilde first editions, and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins (the Smashing Pumpkin?s ?Stand Inside Your Love? video is a tribute to the Wilde play, Salome).

Of course, these examples merely scratch the surface, as Wilde?s influence is so far-reaching. 6. The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde penned only one novel – The Picture of Dorian Gray. However, this relatively slim volume left an indelible impression upon its readers.

Published in the summer of 1890, the novel outraged certain critics of the time, due to its ?innovative? approach to morality. In fact, the editors of the novel culled certain passages from the work, without telling the author, in an attempt to tone down the book?s ?indecency? before its publication.

In time, Wilde himself stepped in and altered his work, by writing extra chapters and adding a now-infamous Preface. In the story, the protagonist, Dorian Gray, is painted by an artist named Basil. Basil becomes obsessed with his handsome subject.

Dorian then meets an aristocrat, Lord Henry, who influences his behavior and beliefs. Celebrating beauty and sensual pleasures above all else, Lord Henry becomes the catalyst for pronounced changes in Dorian?s personality.

Gray becomes fearful of losing his youth and allure, and lightheartedly relates a wish to sell his soul in return for never-ending youth. In other words, he wants his portrait to grow old, while he remains exactly as he is now.

Magically, the request is granted. As Dorian falls further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his painting shows the march of time ? and the fearful effects of sin. 5. Plays The multitalented Wilde also excelled as a playwright.

His efforts in this literary genre, such as Salome, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband and A Woman of No Importance, are known for their stinging social critiques (which are delivered with Wilde?s characteristic elegance and refinement), their clever dialogue and their posh settings.

Among his works, Salome stands out from all of the rest. With Salome, Wilde deviated from the norm, by setting his play in Biblical times. Those who appreciate satire which attacks the hypocrisy and moral strictness of the Victorian Age will likely benefit from reading these works and/or attending performances of the plays.

4. Poetry Oscar Wilde wrote many beautiful poems. However, one of them is utterly devastating in terms of its emotional honesty. Written in memory of his sister, Isola, who had died at the tender age of 9, due to an ?effusion of the brain,??Resquiescat will likely move anyone who has lost someone that they loved deeply.

Excerpt from Resquiescat Peace, Peace, she cannot hear Lyre or sonnet, All my life?s buried here, Heap earth upon it 3. Style The role of aesthete came naturally to Wilde, who ardently believed in the value of the style and the superficial.

While there was clearly much more to Wilde than surface appearances, he was nonetheless devoted to appearances and made no secret of the fact. From his long, dark hair, which his jailers forced him to cut off (to his great consternation!) to his rakish chapeaus (tilted to the side, if you please) to his sweeping capes and velvet and silk suiting (these separates were always accented with luxurious ties and stockings which complemented Wilde?s coloring to perfection), it was abundantly clear that Oscar cared about his outfits.

In addition, he believed that everyone should be able to wear whatever they wished. This mode of thinking was obviously rather unorthodox during Oscar?s era.Wilde shared his views on fashion/aesthetics in his treatise, The Philosophy of Dress.

2. Wit Should the wit of Oscar Wilde be at Number One on my list? Perhaps! After all, it is a pure distillation of the man?s genius. While I chose a different attribute for the top spot, the glittering bon mots of Wilde are definitely a great reason to love him.

Since Wilde is quoted so extensively, even today, I won?t detail all of his most classic lines here. Chances are, you?ve read them all before. Suffice it to say that a gem, such as ?It is absurd to divide people into good and bad.

People are either charming or tedious? will always resonate with many of us. Amusing, exuberant, rebellious, pitiless. Wilde?s exceptional intelligence and unique mindset brought magic to every quip and chance remark that he uttered, and the world is better for it.

1. Bravery Who is braver than Wilde? Who suffered more in order to be who he truly was? By facing his oppressors, in court and out in the world, Wilde displayed the magnificent courage of a lion. To imagine Wilde?s suffering in Reading Gaol is painful, and it?s something that I?ve done often.

To think that one of the great minds of the age was locked up and relentlessly persecuted, although he hurt no one, is heartbreaking. ?How many others who love (or loved) have also suffered for it, although they hurt no one? So many.

This great visionary gave countless gifts to the world. Sadly, in the end, most of his friends were of the fair-weather variety. In other words, they chose to shun him when he was penniless and in disgrace.

However, in his bravery and honesty, he distinguished himself as an authentic human being. He moved beyond the superficial. In addition, with his body of work alone, he immortalized himself. few literary stars have burned as bright as the late Oscar Wilde whose unique paradoxical and intriguing blends of boldness and grace dazzled in the flash as well as on the printed page while what all remains a controversial figure is calculated flamboyancy inspired many yet irritated is detract his few dispute the talents influence and singularity of the man in this work in the video today we’re looking at some of the reasons why he was just quite so great number 10 immorality at wilds core passions simmered although he tried to live conventionally by marrying Constance Lloyd as time passed he found him more difficult to repress or even to take care to hide his sexual preferences as he embraced his true self he naturally turned away from the moral status quo of his time after all the value system of his age was clearly in direct opposition to his own desires while he occasionally romanticized the rights of Catholicism primarily for their beauty alone the principles of the church were typically analyzed in great detail and then forcefully rejected while critics of Wilde may view the author poet and playwrights in morality as a great negative those who wanna wilds literary legacy are more likely to view this immorality as honesty with regards to living one’s life one’s own way number nine decadence I have a duty to manage to amuse myself frightfully again decadence like immorality may not be viewed as a virtue depending on a person’s own moral perspective in other words this type of excess is not everyone’s cup of tea however those who do value the hedonistic elements of life’s experience may well appreciate the innate and carefully cultivated decadence of wild it is very safe to say that Wilde pushed things to the edge sometimes his desire for pleasure led him to make terrible mistakes for example his liaisons with men were well-documented and these dalliance astonished his reputation while also setting the stage for measure imprisonments within the dank confines of reading jail by acting out publicly Wilde gave his enemies who were legion a great deal of ammunition however his decadent experiences surely provided him with some of these self-expression and inspiration that he needed in order to achieve the pinnacle of creativity Wiles unafraid of much of anything although he did some fear of poverty and ridicule both of which weighted him in the distance and certainly unafraid of the darker elements of human existence was more than happy to lead a very decadent life frogging among the denizens of the night lazy and chatty Wilde was renowned for embracing the life of the minds however he was also a sensual human being therefore he frequently soothed or stimulated depending on his mood his sensors with excesses of food rivers of alcohol dandiya sh clothing and a stream of young and handsome lovers number eight heart one young and handsome lover stole wilds heart nicknames bow see this delicate blond creature Lord Alfred Douglass displayed quirks which were certainly a match for the Irish born wilds own idiosyncrasies while Wilde was often perceived as blithe above it all and cold his feelings for his beloved Boise who in the ends betrayed him profoundly ran very hot until the end of his life Oscar wrestled with his tortured passion for Lord Alfred Douglas in moments of clarity such as those experienced during his soul destroying and health destroying stay and reading jail he saw his true love who he really was a shallow and childish man he was motivated almost entirely by self-interest yet even then wild heart would sometimes soften towards the often cruel and always beautiful man who was once his primary muse it is entirely possible the Boise had returned his ardor back in the old days it may be argued that Wilde is enduring love for the man was central elements in his eventual loss of reputation his poverty and his early death after all it was Boise’s irate father who publicly accused Wilde of hema sexuality there by provoking wild to sue him although this libel lawsuit was dropped Wilde was later charged with several counts of gross indecency and was convicted on those charges and sent to prison on the flip side his adoration of the Spalding Machaerus Turk rat and poet who coins the famous phrase and the love that dare not speak its name undoubtedly added significant fire and eloquence to his work Wilde idolized his lover until reality stared him in the face and he could no longer make himself believe that Boise’s love was in any way equal to his own at this point he experienced intense heartbreak number-7 influence while Wilde had boise as his muse as well as other muses such as his own mother who was quite eccentric as the popular stage actress and great beauty of the day Lily three he also served and continues to serve as the muse for many other artists for example back in his time he was the subject of a pen and ink drawing which was created by the acclaimed artist or Bri Beardsley in addition Beardsley Illustrated scenes from wilds controversial play Salome which Oscar wrote while living in Paris in all-time wild continues to inspire one key example of wilds modern influences director Todd Haynes cinematic effort velvet goldmine this film tells the story of a famous glam rock star who fakes his own death and whose androgynous flamboyant ways are inspired by the spirit of wild who’s gemstone brooch the glam rock star war musician sue Count wild is one of them users include former Smiths frontman Morrissey who collects first editions of his work as well as Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins of course these examples only scratch the surface because wilds influence is so far reaching number six the Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde’s pens only one novel the Picture of Dorian Gray however this relatively slim volume left an indelible impression upon its readers published in the summer of 1890 the novel outraged certain critics of the time due to its innovative approach to morality in fact the editors of the novel called certain passengers from the work without telling the author in an attempt to tone down the books indecency before its publication in time Wilde himself stepped in and altered his work by writing extra chapters and adding a now infamous preface in the story the protagonist Dorian Gray is painted by an artist named basil basil becomes obsessed with us and some subject Dorian then meets an aristocrat Lord Henry who influences his behavior and beliefs celebrating sensual pleasures and beauty above all else Lord Henry becomes the catalyst for pronounced changes in Dorian’s personality gray becomes fearful of losing his youth and his allure and lightheartedly relates a wish to sell his soul in return for never ending youth in other words he wants his portrait to grow old while he remains exactly as he is now magically the request is granted as Dorian falls further into a hedonistic lifestyle the painting shows the march of time and the fearful effects of sin number five plays the multi-talented wild also excelled as a playwright his efforts in this literary genres such as Salome The Importance of Being Earnest an ideal husband and a woman of no importance are known for their stinging social critiques which are delivered with wilds characteristic elegance and refinement among his work Salome stands out from all the rest with Salome Wilde deviated from the norm by setting his play in biblical times those who appreciate satire which attacks the hypocrisy and moral strictness of the Victorian age will likely benefit from reading these works and or attempting to see performances of the plays number four poetry Oscar Wilde wrote many beautiful poems however one of them is utterly devastating in terms of emotional honesty written in the memory of his sister Sola who had died at the tender age of nine due to an effusion of the brain the poem will likely move anyone who has lost someone that they loved so deeply the poem is called reckless cats and here’s an excerpt piece piece she cannot hear liar or sonnet or my life’s buried here he paths upon it number three style there all of these feet came naturally to Wilde who ardently believed in the value of style while there was clearly much more to wild than surface appearances he was nonetheless devoted to appearances and made no secret of the fact from his long dark hair to his sweeping capes and velvet and silk suiting it was abundantly clear that Oscar cared about his outfits in addition he believed that everyone should be able to wear whatever they wished this mode of thinking was obviously rather unorthodox during Oscars era while shared his views on fashion and aesthetics in his treatise the philosophy of dress number two wit may be the wit of Oscar Wilde should be number one in this video after all it is a pure distillation of the man’s genius but we’ve actually put another thing at number one since Wilde is so extensively quoted even today I’m not going to detail any of his classic line sir chances are you’ve read them all before suffice it is to say that a gem such as it is absurd to divide people into good and bad people are either charming or tedious we’ll always resonate with many of us amusing exuberant rebellious pitiless wilds exceptional intelligence and unique mindset brought magic to every quip and chance remark that he uttered and the world is better for it number one bravery who is braver than Wiles who suffered more in order to be who he truly was by facing his oppressors in court and out in the world while displayed the Magnificent courage for lion to imagine wild suffering in reading jealous painful to think the one of the greatest minds of the age was locked up and relentlessly persecuted even though he heard no one is heartbreaking the great visionary gave countless gifts to the world sadly in the end most of his friends were of the Fairweather variety in other words they chose to shun him when he was penniless and in disgrace however in his bravery and honesty he distinguished himself as an authentic human being he moved beyond the superficial in addition with just his body of work he immortalized himself so I really hope you found that video interesting please do hit that thumbs up button below and do not forget to subscribe brand new videos every day of the week also check out something from the archives a link to on the screen now and as always thank you for watching

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