Hi everybody. After having introduced you to this brilliant writer now look at a short amateur-video on Oscar Wilde’s Biography.
Here’s the scene of Wilde’s famous monologue on “love that dare not speak its name”during the trial, taken from the movie Wilde starring Stephen Frye.
“The Love that dare not speak its name in this century is such a great affection of an elder for a younger man as there was between David and Jonathan, such as Plato made the very basis of his philosophy, and such as you find in the sonnets of Michelangelo and Shakespeare. It is that deep, spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It dictates and pervades great works of art like those of Shakespeare and Michelangelo, and those two letters of mine, such as they are. It is in this century misunderstood, so much misunderstood that it may be described as the “Love that dare not speak its name,” and on account of it I am placed where I am now. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an elder and a younger man, when the elder man has intellect, and the younger man has all the joy, hope and glamour of life before him. That it should be so, the world does not understand. The world mocks at it and sometimes puts one in the pillory for it.”
The third video is a collection of some of his famous aphorisms.
- Which one do you like best & why? Tell your partner.
I’ve also found an interesting VIDEO ON THE BALLAD OF THE READING GAOL from the italian program Cult Book I’d like you to watch. 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 discuss in class.
In case you’d 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 !
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, I guess on Wednesday.
Last but not least here’s the whole NOVEL as electronic text.
- Home assignment: Read The last Chapter 20.
Should you want to know more about the themes of the novel have a look at Spark Notes.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. If you feel like leave a comment 🙂