Broken asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 1 decade ago

Could someone please give me an analysis or personal interpretation of the sonnet Helas by Oscar Wilde?

I have to find an analysis for school and I cant find anything at all. Will appreciate it alot. Please and Thank you

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Here's the poem:


    TO drift with every passion till my soul

    Is as 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 there 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 my soul’s inheritance?

    ---Oscar Wilde, 1881

    And if you use a search engine, such as Google, by typing in "Helas by Oscar Wilde" you'll find hundreds of pages of analysis, some quite succinct even!

    Go for it.

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