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A self-proclaimed genius!

In this lesson we’re going to look at the life and times of Irish-born English poet, Oscar Wilde.

Listen to the audio, and read the information about the famous English poet to learn a bit about his life.

Have fun with the lesson, and don’t forget to try the quizzes.

– James.

Lesson Contents

Text & Audio: The life of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was an Irish born English poet, novelist and playwright, known for his clever, bubbly comedies. His greatest successes were Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) and An Ideal Husband (1895), but his masterpiece is considered to be The Importance Of Being Earnest (1895). The play is an attack on people who take themselves too seriously, and is based around the double meaning of the name Ernest. Wilde married in 1884 and had two sons. However, in 1885 he was imprisoned for two years for homosexual practices. He moved to France when he was released, and died in Paris in 1900 at the age of 46.

Read the statements and decide if they are true or false.

Video: The Importance of Being Earnest

Click CC for English subtitles.

Answer the questions about the video The Importance Of Being Earnest – Lady Bracknell interviews Jack.

Read extracts from the video The Importance Of Being Earnest – Lady Bracknell interviews Jack, and find suitable synonyms for the underlined words.