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...
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! ! ! !
Virgil was Dante's guide through Hell and Purgatory. Beatrice was Dante's guide through Paradise. Dante put anyone who was virtuous but pagan (born before Christ) into Limbo, in Hell. Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides, all born before Christ, would have been virtuous but pagan. Therefore, Dante would have placed them in Hell. 'Now at their sight...I cried to Beatrice', indicates both they (Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides) and Beatrice and Dante are at the same place at the same time.
It would appear that 'Beatrice' should be 'Virgil' in this poem.
What in the world is 'sort of the hand behind the throne syndrome'? The KINGS that Poewhit mentions are the great playwrights of ancient Greece. For Straw's information, the poet in question is Dante Alighieri, Italian poet whose DIVINE COMEDY is the epic that Wilde refers to. And the woman the speaker addresses is Beatrice, Dante's beloved and the symbol of divine revelation through faith.
I do get tired of reading comments written by hypercritical ignoramuses who know nothing about poetry, but who interpret every poem without consulting even the most basic of reference works. They judge flying by the seat of their pants! And it shows!
Captures the nature of even KINGS, wondering about and pouting. Then who to the solace of the woman, for advice. Sort of the hand behind the throne syndrome. In under tone, there is a mocking of KINGS, who fall short of being true KINGS in having command of understanding situation.
There is something nauseating about Wilde's poetry, like a pudding over-sugared. Did he never read Shakespeare, Donne, Wordsworth, Keats (of course he did, but did he ever learn from them?) ?
This poem is like one of those Edwardian rooms crammed with over-elaborate furniture and over-sentimental pictures. What are 'long lips'?
The crowned kings are the Greek tragic playwrights Aeschylos
and Sophocles, awarded laurel crowns fot their successful plays
performed in Athens. The one uncrowned was their younger
contemporary Euripides, who was castigated and eventually fled
from Athens. The anonymous speaker is Wilde who was forced
from the public light and imprisoned for alleged homosexuality.
The cry to Beatrice refers to Dante who was forced to flee his
political enemies in Italy.
The plays by Euripides are almost modern in their treatment of
social issues like homosexuality and women's rights, so it seems
natural that Wilde himself interested in these issues would identify
with both Euripides and Dante.
The 'wide stream of tears' are shed for both Euripides and Wilde,
who has been portrayed in paintings as holding a white lily, almost
dove-like in their suggestion of his innocence!