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Author: Poetry of Oscar Wilde Type: Poetry Views: 228

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MILTON! I think thy spirit hath passed away

From these white cliffs, and high-embattled towers;

This gorgeous fiery-coloured world of ours

Seems fallen into ashes dull and grey,

And the age changed unto a mimic play

Wherein we waste our else too-crowded hours:

For all our pomp and pageantry and powers

We are but fit to delve the common clay,

Seeing this little isle on which we stand,

This England, this sea-lion of the sea,10

By ignorant demagogues is held in fee,

Who love her not: Dear God! is this the land

Which bare a triple empire in her hand

When Cromwell spake the word Democracy!


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This sonnet is actually a cry against England at this time - Wilde believed that Puritanism and the time of Oliver Cromwell was the best time for England. Oliver Cromwell was a political leader who helped overthrow Charles I and establish the Commonwealth of England, Ireland, and Scotland. This was a brief "democracy" that England had (although democracy could be a very loose definition of it) before the Royalists came back into power. For Wilde, the poetry of Milton (author of Paradise Lost) is coming true. England is abandoning its great poets, politicians, and writers in favor of fashion and a sophisticated life. The world of beauty is now abandoned in favor of an industrial, scientific, world. Hope this helps. So much more can be said though!

| Posted on 2015-04-30 | by a guest

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When you say he seems very patriotic to his country you are right, he was in fact Irish.

| Posted on 2014-01-28 | by a guest

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Weird Eel- You don't know much about Wilde or Milton do you? Milton is John Milton- 17th Century poet and political activist. England was not Wilde's country, nor was his patriotic. He was Irish. Mentioning John Milton in prose is not uncommon; many before Wilde had done so because he was so prominent in his beliefs and the pamphlets he'd written.

| Posted on 2007-11-17 | by a guest

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Maybe Milton was a political figure of some sort. Quite possible that Milton possessed some sort of chief persuassion over the city and its people and once held high morale for all. Since he is gone, everything seems fake or not worth doing.

I think Democracy had ruined it for Wilde; he seems very patriotic to his country (England?).

| Posted on 2005-02-20 | by the weird eel

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