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When we think of Oscar Wilde, we think of his wonderful wit and, of course, his plays and short stories. We rarely think of his poetry. We should. His work brings new insights into both his view of the world and how we can view him.

Of course many know 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'; now we bring you that poem and many others: 'Endymon'; 'Serenade'; 'Helas!'; 'Requescat'; 'Italia'; 'Athanasia'; 'Chanson'; 'To Milton'; 'A Vision'; 'Sonnet to Liberty'; 'Easter Day'; 'Vita Nuova'; 'Her Voice'; 'Impression Du Matin'; 'Sonnet on Approaching Italy'; 'The Grave of Shelley'; 'In the Gold Room - a Harmony'; 'Santa Decca'; 'Madonna Mia'; and 'The Garden of Eros'.

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An exceptional hour

'... Sweet, there is nothing left to say
  But this, that love is never lost,
Keen winter stabs the breasts of May
  Whose crimson roses burst his frost,
    Ships tempest-tossed
Will find a harbour in some bay,
    And so we may.

And there is nothing left to do
  But to kiss once again, and part,
Nay, there is nothing we should rue,
  I have my beauty,—you your Art,
    Nay, do not start,
One world was not enough for two
    Like me and you...'

- Extract from 'Her Voice' by Oscar Wilde, 1881

Some days, when the world is grinding me down, and my own body is failing and I feel my mind is surely soon to follow, I need to read some Oscar Wilde poetry. Today was one of those days.

This is a wonderful collection, full of romance, tragedy, beauty, humour and art. It is beautifully read by Sean Barrett. Stick it in your ears; it only lasts an hour, but what an hour...

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  • 02-05-12

A three piece suit at a lawn party

Great actor, but not for this. If we were doing Tennyson or Sir Walter Scott, I could hear his voice, but for this he's a bad choice. It requires, well, a gayer voice (I'm gay, lighten up).

I can't imagine Barrett doing The Importance of Being Earnest, except, perhaps, as Aunt Augusta ("To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.")

The character of Algernon Moncrieff *is* Wilde, and that's the actor you want.

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