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
- LongshirenLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
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
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