Requiescat Background

Requiescat Background

Oscar Wilde was a Victorian iconoclast who stood at the vanguard of the aesthetic movement. His works, from his Comedy of Manners plays to his verse compositions such as "Requiescat," have changed the landscape of literature in general.

This poem was written by Oscar Wilde in memory of his sister Isola's death."Requiescat" is essentially a Latin term for the phrase "May She Rest" and is a very significant component of the poem. From the very title, one can tell that the poem is an elegy.

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