Monday, February 12

Facts about Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde.  


This week’s famous poet is Oscar Wilde. Last week’s famous poet was E.E. Cummings. 

Oscar Wilde, a unique and renowned poet, penned over 50 poems during his lifetime. His literary journey began in Dublin, Ireland, where he was born to Sir William Wilde and Lady Jane Wilde. It is believed that his mother, a writer herself, instilled in him a love for the written word. He was the middle child, with an older brother, Willie, and a younger sister, Isola. His works stand as a testament to his creativity and passion.


Keep reading to find out more about Oscar Wilde. 


Here is a list of some poems by Oscar Wilde: 

  • The Garden of Eros
  • The Sphinx
  • The Burden of Itys
  • A Villanelle
  • The Ballad of Reading Gaol
  • Ravenna

Parents/caretakers, be sure poems are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.


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Quick facts about Oscar Wilde: 

1. He was born October 16, 1854, in Dublin, Ireland. His full name is Oscar Fingal O'Fflahertie Wills Wilde. 

2. Oscar Wilde was 46 years old when he died. He passed away on November 30, 1900. He is buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France. He died from meningitis. 

3. One of Oscar Wilde’s most famous poems is: 



Tread lightly; she is near

    Under the snow,

Speak gently, she can hear

    The daisies grow.


All her bright golden hair

    Tarnished with rust,

She that was young and fair

    Fallen to dust.


Lily like, white as snow,

    She hardly knew

She was a woman, so

    Sweetly she grew.


Coffin-board, heavy stone,

    Lie on her breast,

I vex my heart alone

    She is at rest.


Peace, Peace, she cannot hear

    Lyre or sonnet,

All my life’s buried here,

    Heap earth upon it.


(You can print out a worksheet on this poem. You will fill in the missing words in the poem) 

4. Oscar Wilde married Constance Lloyd. His wife was a children’s book author. They had two children, both males. Their names are Cyril and Vyvyan Holland. Their mother had their last names changed to protect them when their father went to prison. Oscar Wilde went to jail in 1895 and was released in 1897.

5. Oscar Wilde’s sister Isola died from meningitis when she was nine years old. The poem he wrote called Requiescat is about her.

6. Not only did Oscar Wilde write poetry, but he also wrote and published children’s stories. Here is a list of some of those stories: 

  •  The Happy Prince
  • The Nightingale and the Rose
  •  The Selfish Giant
  • The Devoted Friend
  • The Remarkable Rocket

7. Oscar Wilde also wrote plays. Here is a list of some of his plays: 

  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  •  A Florentine Tragedy 
  • La Sainte Courtisane
  • Lady Windermere's Fan
  • A Woman of No Importance 
  • An Ideal Husband

8. Oscar Wilde was homeschooled until the age of ten. He could speak three different languages: English, French, and Greek. He went to Trinity College in Dublin, where he studied from 1871 to 1874, and from 1874 to 1878, he studied at Magdalen College in Oxford.

9. In 1877, Oscar Wilde met Pope Pius IX.


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Books written by Oscar Wilde: 

1. Stories for Children by Oscar Wilde

2. The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

3. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde 


Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children. 


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