O.WILDE 3 The Ballad of the Reading Gaol


Step 1) watch the  VIDEO ON THE BALLAD OF THE READING GAOL from the Italian program Cult Book. E’ in italiano preso dal programma Cult Book, molto interessante anche nelle parole del critico letterario e traduttore Masolino D’Amico. Cos’hanno in comune le scene dei film scelte durante il video? Possiamo considerare la ballata come un inno contro la pena di morte? We’ll read and discuss the Ballad in class.

Here’s a version of the ballad by GAVIN FRIDAY, released in 1989 and is the debut album following his exit from the Virgin Prunes. They made the history of rock music 🙂
In case you’ve forgotten it, Oscar Wilde also wrote that beautiful classic tale of The Happy Prince. Extremely difficult to find, very rarely repeated on TV and yet so wonderful, it’ll stay with you forever. Sit back and enjoy listening to this wonderful story ! Here’s the link to the whole text. I’m embedding 2 versions, the second one is read by the great actor Stephen Fry. Choose the one you like best.

Did you know that Al Pacino made a movie on Wilde’s Salomè? In this short video you can see Wilde’s home in Dublin. Should you ever go there you can visit it once a week, on Wednesdays.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. If you feel like, leave a short comment 🙂

One thought on “O.WILDE 3 The Ballad of the Reading Gaol

  1. I think the common element among the chosen parts of the movie (first video) is the lack of freedom. In the first scenes it takes place inside the jail while at the end, even if Wilde is a free man, I think he can’t be himself completely, because he has to respect the social values of his age. These values are like borders that can’t be crossed and therefore there is no freedom.
    The suffering that features Wilde’s life is useful to understand how much has changed and how much still needs to change.

    The video reminded me of the description of the feelings of a man living in a tyranny made by Vittorio Alfieri:
    «Tutte le facoltà dell’animo nostro intorpidite; tutti i diritti dell’uomo menomati o ritolti; tutte le magnanime volontà impedite o deviate dal vero; e mille e mille altre simili continue offese […] ove la vita vera dell’uomo consista nell’anima e nell’intelletto, il vivere in tal modo tremando, non è egli un continuo morire?»

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