Treasure Island

Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Helas!


To drift with every passion till my soul
Is a stringed lute on which all winds can play,
Is it for this that I have given away
Mine ancient wisdom, and austere control?-
Methinks my life is a twice-written scroll
Scrawled over on some boyish holiday
With idle songs for pipe and virelay
Which do but mar the secret of the whole.
Surely that was a time I might have trod
The sunlit heights, and from life's dissonance
Struck one clear chord to reach the ears of God;
is that time dead? lo! with a little rod
I did but touch the honey of romance-
And must I lose a soul's inheritance?

Submitted: Friday, May 18, 2001
Edited: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: romance, passion, god, life, time, song, wind, lost

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Helas! by Oscar Wilde )

Enter the verification code :

  • Henrik Aberg (4/14/2007 4:47:00 PM)

    He wrote this poem in 1881 and he seems to know that the way he lives his life it is going to make it end in tragedy. Would he have survived today, a hundred years later? I think so.

    It is a beautiful poem! (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

New Poems

  1. I Could Not Find My Way Free, Shalom Freedman
  2. Sailstarred, Sandsifting, Seaweed Script.., Saiom Shriver
  3. The art of love and affection!, Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  4. Heaven with the Creator, Althea Marshall Wypyszczak
  5. Prison diary, Shikdar Waliuzzaman
  6. Mules, Saiom Shriver
  7. Abandoned Cocoon, Saiom Shriver
  8. I would cross, Ruma Chaudhuri
  9. Sometimes, Mark Webster
  10. Things of crumbs, DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK

Poem of the Day

poet Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. If, Rudyard Kipling
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  9. 1914 V: The Soldier, Rupert Brooke
  10. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]