He is the master of American horror yet with close examination he writing style is not so different from Wilde’s, just like Wilde he was partial to using aestheticism, his writing style is so often referred to his ‘addiction to adjectives’. Interestingly for Poe unlike so many of his contemporise, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson he wasn’t a ‘great American dream story writer’, whereas Emerson belonged to the mainstream national narrative, who saw American as new, full of potential and belonged to the transcendentalist movement, Poe illustrated America through a counter narrative. Emerson’s American offered hope, while Poe’s America offered death, decay and despair, not a new land but a decaying one; if Emerson looked outwards Poe most certainly looked inward. Poe’s narrative style can be seen as the great narrative of death and decay in America, but it is essential to examine why? Firstly modern readers can assume that a primary reason for Poe’s obsession with all things dead and decaying was because Poe suffered great death and loss in his life, described by Killis Campbell as “the saddest and strangest figure in American literary history”.
Oscar pulled from his life experiences in order to write his poetry, and one constant thing he used was his sexuality. The reason why this is significant is not only because of the time period he lived in but also because it affected his real life. However, even if Wilde was a writer who truly pulled from his own life to write, not all the topics he wrote about, were impactful to his life. This was something Wilde himself even admitted he did, showing just how connected his life was from his writing (Marcus). This shows how even if his writing style matched his time, with his lifestyle being different; Wilde works would not always match the status quo of the Victorian period.
In the piece, he makes it clear that America did not live up to his expectations, and would disappoint his readers as well. Through this satirical writing, Wilde uses comparison of beauty and industrialism and juxtaposition between compliments and criticism to paint American social values as backwards and unappealing in order to dispel the glamour of a romantic American culture.
Accordingly, Wilde stated that “all art is quite useless” (Wilde 4) in his preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray. The enhancement of aestheticism lies upon the significance and value of beauty. The admiration of Dorian Gray’s beauty is comprehended as a basis for homoerotic interests. The painter Hallward himself expresses the importance of Dorian’s beauty as well as the aesthetic value of their relationship for his art: “He is absolutely necessary to me. […] He is all my art to me now.
Dickinson’s curiosity about nature, and the Gothic Movement, largely influenced the recurring theme in her poems, which is revealed in the analysis of “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”. Poetry has a huge influence on other people as it helps express individuals’ experiences, thoughts and ideas. The ability to become a brilliant poet is a talent that many wish to be blessed with, it is luxury that many cannot
Relatively all authors are very fond of creating an underlying message to criticize society. Authors do this through social commentary. The book “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is no exception. The author, Oscar Wilde, criticizes the upper class through the consistent underlying idea that people are often deceived by one's beauty and are unable to understand the poison that fills the world is corrupting it. From the beginning of this book, the social commentary towards the upper class begins with the structure of the novel.
Oscar Wilde is a satirical writer, and while he did not disapprove of marriage and other social customs, he does makes fun of its traditional sacredness—because its happiness eluded him also in his personal life. Some people would say that Oscar Wilde did not agree with marriage because that’s the obvious take-away from the book (and also because of the decisions he made in his own life). Good writers are able to poke fun of certain social mores, by relaying their opposite points of view. When Jack mentions he has come to propose, Algernon says, “I thought you had come up for pleasure?...I call that business” (page 15). To Algernon, marriage is nothing but a business contract, saying “[t]he Divorce Court was specially invented for people whose memories are so curiously constituted” (page 15).
Ekphrasis and Aestheticism in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde was a famous author and playwright, well known for both his literary works and the drama that surrounded his personal life. Born in Dublin in 1854, Wilde attended both Trinity College and Magdalen College, distinguishing himself early on as a classically talented individual. Upon graduation, he moved to London to pursue a literary career. With his charm and exuberance, he was quickly accepted into many prestigious social circles. His friend Frank Harris described him as “not only an admirable talker but […] invariably smiling, eager, full of life and the joy of living, and above all given to unmeasured praise of whatever and whoever pleased him (Harris 4).” As well as being charismatic and likeable, Wilde was extremely witty; he had a way with words that served him well both in his career and in his personal relationships.
Wilde’s comedic influence takes place in the characters placing emphasis on trivial things and treating serious matters with inconsequence. Though this play could be viewed as a simple comedy, what makes it a satirical work is the underlying social commentary. Wilde highlights his views on institutions such as love, marriage, and gender relations by satirizing their nature via reductio ad absurdum and thereby reveals their essential frivolity. Though marriage is traditionally viewed by society as the final step in a lover’s journey, Wilde intentionally separates marriage and love to the point where they seem mutually exclusive. Wilde’s negative perception of marriage is shown in the conversations that Jack and Algernon have regarding Jacks intentions with Gwendolen.
Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was an important influence in the literature community. He was one of the forefathers of the short story and detective fiction in America. Varying from “The Raven” to The Cask of Amontillado,” there is something attractive about the twisted narratives he created that draw those to his writings. He was a compellingly tragic man with a background as haunting as his stories. To read his work is to, essentially, view the life he led.