Oscar Wilde's Tragic Life

Oscar Wilde's Tragic Life

An artist, Oscar Wilde was a man who had such a strong conviction that beauty alone justifies the existence of art for the sake of beauty. He was a figure who was frequently made fun of in the media, particularly the satirical publication Punch, for his opinions, exuberance, and humor, as well as subsequently for his behaviour with Lord Alfred Douglas.

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish humorist, poet, and playwright who was born in Dublin, Ireland, on October 16, 1854. He is most known for writing The Picture of Dorian Gray, his sole book, as well as the comedic classics Lady Windermere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest.

His sister Isola passed away suddenly after a brief illness. Isola was almost 10 years old, and Wilde was only twelve. He composed the poem "Requiescat," seven years later which starts softly with the line, "Tread lightly, she is near," and ends with the lines "All my life's buried here / Heap earth upon it."

After being married in 1891, he met and fell in love with Lord Alfred Douglas five years later. At a later period, when homosexuality was viewed as a felony, Douglas' father suspected Wilde of being gay. As information about his private life came to light, he was ultimately detained for gross indecency and given a two-year hard labour term.

Constance, his wife, moved their kids to Switzerland, and despite Wilde's best efforts, he was never able to see them again. Wilde spent the rest of his life angry and alone after being released from prison in 1897. He travelled across Europe under different identities, including Sebastian Melmoth and Holland.

“My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go.” Oscar Wilder reportedly said these as his last words before passing away from meningitis on November 30, 1900, in a shabby bedsit in Paris while bankrupt.

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