12 January 2012 @ 03:29 am
The love that dare not speak its name..  
Charles Gill (prosecuting): What is "the love that dare not speak its name"?

Wilde: "The love that dare not speak its name" in this century is such a great affection of an elder for a younger man as there was between David and Jonathan, such as Plato made the very basis of his philosophy, and such as you find in the sonnets of Michelangelo and Shakespeare. It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It dictates and pervades great works of art, like those of Shakespeare and Michelangelo, and those two letters of mine, such as they are. It is in this century misunderstood, so much misunderstood that it may be described as "the love that dare not speak its name," and on that account of it I am placed where I am now. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an older and a younger man, when the older man has intellect, and the younger man has all the joy, hope and glamour of life before him. That it should be so, the world does not understand. The world mocks at it, and sometimes puts one in the pillory for it.


So it starts like this. I wondered how a 1997 movie can be this open about homosexuality and also the actors of the movie are well known today. I opened the movie Oscar Wilde so I can skip the boring parts and just satisfy my curiousity. I had no idea about Oscar Wilde's personal life before watching the movie, so it was a surprise when I get the point. After the first half of the movie, I started rarely skipping as I get more involved with Wilde himself. Just like this, nowadays I realize more as I look around more that it's a long way coming today's world.

After I'm done with the movie, I spent my last 1 hour reading about Oscar Wilde, Alfred "Bosie" Douglas and Robert "Robbie" Ross, their lives and related families, friends and such. It's really an interesting journey Wilde lived, and dragged people around him with him. But I believe he was fine. He had totally lived upon his emotions, once and for all, also like he said for "pleasure". I'm annoyed by Douglas' character though. Especially when I read about his life after Wilde, he turned against him and played on Ross. Well, it hurts after everything.

Also watching the movie as history makes it sharpen. Every detail in the movie seems like what's written in sources, so I recommend watching the movie itself first. It draws the line pretty well.

I wanted to hug Wilde at one point. I pouted when her wife came to visit him in prison and wanted to hold his hands myself.

....I supposed to be studying while doing this though. But I feel no regret, I learned much more interesting and educating stuff today.
 
 
Current Mood: curious
Current Music: Snow Patrol - The Symphony
 
 
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[identity profile] awakencordy.livejournal.com on January 12th, 2012 08:53 am (UTC)
Go you! :D

Bir Tumblr postu nelere kadir.
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i was born difficult for myself[personal profile] geckoholic on January 12th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Great quote!

I watched that one, like, ages ago (not long after it first came out), and actually there are a few good LGBT movies from the 90ies or even the 80ies; "Maurice" comes to mind, too.
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