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Charmides and Other Poems

Oscar Wilde

Book Overview: 

This is a volume of poetry by Oscar Wilde, containing some of his rather famous longer poetry in the first part, and a section of sonnets in the second part of the book

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And knelt upon the little poop, and prayed in holy fright.

And guilty lovers in their venery
Forgat a little while their stolen sweets,
Deeming they heard dread Dian's bitter cry;
And the grim watchmen on their lofty seats
Ran to their shields in haste precipitate,
Or strained black-bearded throats across the dusky parapet.

For round the temple rolled the clang of arms,
And the twelve Gods leapt up in marble fear,
And the air quaked with dissonant alarums
Till huge Poseidon shook his mighty spear,
And on the frieze the prancing horses neighed,
And the low tread of hurrying feet rang from the cavalcade.

Ready for death with parted lips he stood,
And well content at such a price to see
That calm wide brow, that terrible maidenhood,
The marvel of that pitiless chastity,
Ah! well content indeed, for never wightRead More

Community Reviews

While I more so enjoy full stories written by Wilde, this book of poems was a nice look at a different side of one of my favorite authors.
A short read, and good read for any Wilde fan.

A long and epic poem with a litany of Greek mythological references, but t just wasn't that great of a poem in my opinion.

Oscar wilde's writing,always fascinates and captured my attention.
Either prose or poetry, drama or tragedy.

One of lyrical story written my Wilde, Comprises ethical and innate air of rhyme expressing every gestures through each word.
Incredible poetic devices and deeply personification among extrem...more

The the perfect thing but fine anyhow.