Title: Selected Poems.
Author: Oscar Wilde.
Publication Date: 1876, 1881, (this collection 1996).
Summary: A collection of 40 poems (1 being an excerpt). Hélas (1881) presents a passionate artistic soul who connects with the tantalising music of the lute, exploring the conflicts of the artistic and the austere. In Sonnet to Liberty (1881), the poet acknowledges that while politics and the people who are into them weary him, he appreciates the passion and importance of the cause. In Theoretikos (1881), the author claims that the people have lost their freedom of thought, and wishes to be free of their influence. Requiescat (1881) describes the sorrow felt over the passing and burial of a young woman. San Miniato (1876) is the author's homage to the Italian painter and Dominican friar Fra Angelico. In Sonnet (On hearing the Dier Iræ sung in the Sistine Chapel) (1881), the poet emphasizes that love and beauty of nature is a much more efficient way to get people to love God than with fear-mongering of hell and damnation (which is the gist in the hymn).
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