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Education of Oscar Wilde

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Osacar Wilde had his early education in his home himself wherein French Bonne & a German governess came to teach him their languages.

He received education this way till he was 9. Later he was admitted to the Portora Royal school in Enniskillen, Fermanagh. Young wilde was very brilliant & hard working.

He earned a scholarship at Portora to read classics at Trinity college, Dublin. At Trinity he came across the world’s best scholars & of course his mentor, John Pentland Mahaffy. While he rapidly progressed in his studies, he achieved various scholarships & academic awards. He won the Berkeley Gold Medal which was the highest academic award at Trinity.

People who have worke d with Wilde, highly admire his aestheticism. Oscar Wilde presented a paper on ‘Aesthetic Morality’ as a result of encouragement from college.

He competed for a demyship to Magdalene college. As usual he won the competition making winning a habit for him.

During his study at Magdalene college, Wilde became known for his aestheticism. There, he began keeping long hairs, decorating his room with peacock feathers & dressing flamboyantly.

It was during this time that lilies became an important symbol of Wilde. Wilde was looked at with scorn by strangers, but the people who knew him well had high amount of respect for him. While at Magdalene, Wilde won the Newdigate Prize for his poem Ravenna.

Wilde was deeply impressed by Walter Pater. Pater stated in one of his books that he believed that man’s sensitivity to beauty should be refined above everything else & one should enjoy life to the fullest.

Wilde highly identified himself with this ideology & was very much influenced by the book.

Oscar Wilde retained a life long interest in Catholic theology & liturgy. He has a great & unconventional liking for converting himself to a Catholic.

He even discussed the possibility of a conversion with various clergys. He used to read Cardinal Newman’s books & take inspiration from the same. He was a supreme individualist & a rare combination of devotion & brilliance.

In the year 1878, Wilde completed his graduation with a double first in his B.A. of Classical Moderations & Literae Humaniores ( Greats). During his time, a double first graduation was very rare & considered as highly commendable.

By FW Editor

Tags: writer, poet, journalism

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 12 April '10

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