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A Vision

Two crowned Kings, and One that stood alone
With no green weight of laurels round his head,
But with sad eyes as one uncomforted,
And wearied with man's never-ceasing moan
For sins no bleating victim can atone,
And sweet long lips with tears and kisses fed.
Girt was he in a garment black and red,
And at his feet I marked a broken stone
Which sent up lilies, dove-like, to his knees.
Now at their sight, my heart being lit with flame,
I cried to Beatrice, 'Who are these? '
And she made answer, knowing well each name,
'AEschylos first, the second Sophokles,
And last (wide stream of tears!) Euripides.'

Submitted: Friday, May 18, 2001
Edited: Wednesday, May 09, 2012


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  • Shahzia Batool (5/9/2013 11:06:00 PM)

    A poem about the poet's Vision of the 3 great tragedians of Greece...

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  • Gogo Amin (5/9/2013 10:42:00 PM)

    vampire for how long you will act? ! think in the old house just once... terrific right i can hear too.

  • Meshack Bankole (5/9/2013 4:11:00 AM)

    14 lines - sonnet! Dramatic but what has the 3 tragedians of ancient greek had to do with “a vision“? Wilde thought out of tragedy... maybe!

  • Jennifer Kay Simmons (10/12/2012 5:21:00 AM)

    wow.......... trust no one.Sh#* happens, and so does love..... If you do not know how to enter a fantasy you will usually end up lost with some one that you wish you never brought along...or surrounded by friends and enemies, whats the difference? ..........a bit depressing....and interesting...

  • Carlos Echeverria (5/9/2012 8:41:00 AM)

    It's a testament to Wilde's genius that his work is still discomfiting.

  • Juan Olivarez (5/9/2011 11:21:00 AM)

    Maybe it's because they could spell simple words.And I can see where the ignoramus part comes in. Yes indeed.

  • Claudia Krizay (5/9/2011 9:25:00 AM)

    I think that WIlde must have been not too inspired when he wrote this poem- as if he wanted to write butt couldn't think of anything so he spewed out this garbage. I agree with Straw and Pruchnicki- comments are written by ignoramuses who know nothing about poetry - and as Straw says-definitely 'pudding over sugared! ! . It really throws me as to why some of these poets ever got to famous inn the first place! ! ! !

  • Juan Olivarez (5/9/2010 10:22:00 AM)

    though Oscar Wilde is better known to me because of the horror story'picture of dorian gray' he was an putstanding poet. this is a perfect example.

  • Ramesh T A (5/9/2010 3:33:00 AM)

    A difficult poem to digest unless one is aware of religion and literature of the past era! Wilde is wild in composition!

  • Michael Harmon (5/9/2009 9:07:00 PM)

    On the other hand, it is 'A Vision', and the poet can people it however he pleases!

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