Wilde and Greece etc
- Dear Mr David Westling and members,
Thank you for your thought provoking posting.One qustion is,is a persons personal life his own affair as long as he does not bother other people.Perhaps Epicuris the philosopher and not what the Cardinals have made him into, would argue as such.
Regarding art and decadence,it may be argued that the old gaurd was declining in the 19 century.A Rebours and Wilde were as different as night and day,Wilde was not disfunctional,society was disfunctional to him,as History has proved.It is said ironically that Picasso likeed women,but women also liked him.In the case of the Duke of Queensbury the Regency era ancestor of John Sholto Douglas the 9th Marquis of Queensbury,when the Duke died,60-70 women wrote letters of undying love and left them on his grave,the holier than thou's burnt the letters is a solemn bonfire?
Moureau created beautiful art depicting mythology,whats wrong with that?Even if Wilde had contentios tastes,Alfred Douglas was as pure as his sonnets.Moreover, what has the action of Wildes work to do with his personel life?The Athenians promoted democracy which the Spartans did not,Wilde admired Athenian contemplation and action?