“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing”- The glorious words of this renowned man, Oscar Wilde clearly show us why he remains immortal in the hearts of his readers.
Oscar Wilde is one of the most loved literary legends. Though he lived quite a controversial life and suffered a lot during his lifetime, he continues to be loved even after one hundred and sixty two years after his death, so much so that thousands of his fans visit his grave and kiss his tombstone to express their undying love for him.
His quotes are full of wit and intelligence and that is the reason why he is still widely quoted today. The words that Oscar Wilde wrote evoke a sense of tragedy as well as manage to tickle our funny bone.
Wilde was persecuted and had to face trials in the court for being who he was. His sexual inclinations were deemed as immoral. He suffered for love and in his last days when he had nothing, his friends turned their backs on him. His works immortalized him and inspire many others to be who they are.
23rd May 1895, Newspaper Headline
Oscar Wilde had a great sense of fashion that came naturally to him. He was an aesthetic and was a devotee of everything beautiful. This popular literary figure in late Victorian England was known for his flamboyant style. He wrote his opinion on fashion/aesthetics in “The Philosophy of Dress”.
His poems are emotionally honest to the extent that each word appeals to the reader and makes him/her feel the depth of the written word. One of his best poems is “Requiescat” written in the memory of his sister who died at the age of nine.
He was not just a novelist and a poet but also an excellent playwright. His plays “Salome”, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, “An Ideal Husband” and “A Woman of No Importance” condemn the hypocrite so called moral society.
#6 The Picture of Dorian Gray
His only novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” became controversial just like his life and garnered much criticism for its approach towards morality. However, it is one of the most brilliant pieces of literary work and is a must read.
#7 A true lover
Oscar Wilde was a lover at heart. His unconditional love for “Bosie” (Lord Alfred Douglas) was what destroyed him in the end. Bosie was driven by self-interest but Wilde’s love for him was far greater and deeper which made him blind to Bosie’s intentions.
He married Constance Lloyd to keep up with the society’s “moral” standards, but he could not hide who he really was for long. His sexual preference and his honesty led to his downfall. However, he continues to live in our hearts forever as one of the great minds ever born in this world.