Phèdre - To Sarah Bernhardt - Oscar Wilde Greece mythology How vain and dull this common world must seem To such a One as thou, who should'st have talked

Phèdre (To Sarah Bernhardt)

Phèdre
(To Sarah Bernhardt)
Oscar Wilde

Phèdre - To Sarah Bernhardt - Oscar Wilde Greece mythology How vain and dull this common world must seem To such a One as thou, who should'st have talked

How vain and dull this common world must seem
To such a One as thou, who should’st have talked
At Florence with Mirandola, or walked
Through the cool olives of the Academe:
Thou should’st have gathered reeds from a green stream
For Goat-foot Pan’s shrill piping, and have played
With the white girls in that Phaacian glade
Where grave Odysseus wakened from his dream.

Phèdre - To Sarah Bernhardt Phèdre - To Sarah Bernhardt

Ah! surely once some urn of Attic clay
Held thy wan dust, and thou hast come again
Back to this common world so dull and vain,
For thou wert weary of the sunless day,
The heavy fields of scentless asphodel,
The loveless lips with which men kiss in Hell.

How vain and dull this common world must seem To such a One as thou, who should'st have talked Phèdre - To Sarah Bernhardt - Oscar Wilde

This photoshoot took place between the reeds of Skala Prinou, Thassos.
No innocent men were kissed in Hell.

Credits: Nikolina Tsolova

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