The love that dare not speak its name
The love that dare not speak its name is a phrase from the poem "Two Loves" by Lord Alfred Douglas, published in 1894. It was mentioned at Oscar Wilde's gross indecency trial, and it is classically interpreted as a euphemism for homosexuality (although Wilde denied it as such), or a typically taboo preference or practise.
In Wilde's definition, "the love that dare not speak its name" was:
[...] such a great affection of an elder for a younger man [...] There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an elder and a younger man, when the elder man has intellect, and the younger man has all the joy, hope and glamour of life before him.
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- "Testimony of Oscar Wilde". law2.umkc.edu. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- See also Ellmann (1988:435)
- The Importance of Being Earnest. eBookEden.com. 1946. p. 8.
Under cross examination Wilde presented an eloquent defense of pederasty
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