One of the Oscar Wilde’s most loved, well known and successful play ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ was written during the summer of 1894 at Worthing, England.
Many people did not agree with this writing style because of the negative and morbid themes and messages.
Oscar Wilde was often criticized because of his themes (Maunder 5).
In "The Critic as Artist," Oscar Wilde writes that literature is superior to the graphic arts, because unlike paintings of sunsets or portraits or other related forms of art, literature is "soul speaking to soul in those long-cadenced lines, not through form and colour alone…but with intellectual and emotional utterance, with lofty passion and with loftier thought, with imaginative insight, and with poetic aim" (2289)....
However, Oscar Wilde’s takeoff of his enterprise and, his shaping of his characteristic style of works could be both considered originating from his fairy tales....
Donahue sees Wilde's true creativity in his "efforts to mix the styles and subjects of other writers," an endeavor which "takes typically circuitous and recondite paths." There is something unsatisfying, though, in claiming 'originality through creative imitation,' and Praz dutifully notes that, "as generally happens with specious second-hand works, it was precisely Wilde's which became popular." Instead of seeking a defense of Wilde's originality in the external events of his drama, then, I would like to suggest that it is the cautious modification of Symbolist ideals -- Wilde's affirmation and at the same time questioning of his own poetical mission -- which makes his so unique.
Wilde and the Symbolist Movement in Literature
By 1892, when was published in France and England, the tenets of the Symbolist movement had been outlined by several different theorists, among them Mallarmé and Maeterlinck.
You may choose your topic for this paper from any one of the discussion forums (Oscar Wilde) or literary response questions from weeks 7-9 of the course. Please note, your response will serve as a springboard for your essay but is not developed enough to serve as the entire essay. While you may have used informal language in the forums, be sure to use academic tone and third person perspective in your essay.
Oscar Wilde's story, "The Nightingale and the Rose", takes on the familiar fairytale form, however Wilde also incorporates modern issues in his writing.