Samstag, April 29, 2006


Oscar Wilde's play "SALOME" is the story of the beautiful princess of Judaea whose love was reviled by John (Iokanaan) the Baptist. It is the story of an unfulfilled love which turned into blind hate ...

Here is an excerpt from Oscar Wilde's play "SALOME", after she has got Jokanaan's head on a silver shield :

Ah, Iokanaan, Iokanaan, thou wert the man that I loved alone among men! All other men were hateful to me. But thou wert beautiful! Thy body was a column of ivory set upon feet of silver. It was a garden full of doves and lilies of silver. It was a tower of silver decked with shields of ivory. There was nothing in the world so white as thy body. There was nothing in the world so black as thy hair. In the whole world there was nothing so red as thy mouth. Thy voice was a censer that scattered strange perfumes, and when I looked on thee I heard a strange music. Ah! wherefore didst thou not look at me, Iokanaan? With the cloak of thine hands, and with the cloak of thy blasphemies thou didst hide thy face. Thou didst put upon thine eyes the covering of him who would see his God. Well, thou hast seen thy God, Iokanaan, but me, me, thou didst never see. If thou hadst seen me thou hadst loved me. I saw thee, and I loved thee. Oh, how I loved thee! I love thee yet, Iokanaan. I love only thee . . . . I am athirst for thy beauty; I am hungry for thy body; and neither wine nor apples can appease my desire. What shall I do now, Iokanaan? Neither the floods nor the great waters can quench my passion. I was a princess, and thou didst scorn me. I was a virgin, and thou didst take my virginity from me. I was chaste, and thou didst fill my veins with fire . . . . Ah! ah! wherefore didst thou not look at me? If thou hadst looked at me thou hadst loved me. Well I know that thou wouldst have loved me, and the mystery of Love is greater than the mystery of Death.

Ah! I have kissed thy mouth, Iokanaan, I have kissed thy mouth. There was a bitter taste on thy lips. Was it the taste of blood? . . . Nay; but perchance it was the taste of love. . .They say that love hath a bitter taste. But what matter? what matter? I have kissed thy mouth, Iokanaan, I have kissed thy mouth.

[A ray of moonlight falls on Salome and illumines her]

The drawing belongs to my series "Play-Pieces"


Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

Love and hate are two emotions so closely linked-is the picture one of yours too? I like its darkness

6:38 nachm.  
Blogger Derek said...

I've never heard of this story before, was she real?

6:50 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Sue Hardy-Dawson:
Yes, Sue, it's one of my drawings, belonging to a series, called: "Play-Pieces" ...

6:56 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Derek:
Yes, it's a true story, but transformed a bit by Oscar Wilde's ideas of love, hate and death.

6:59 nachm.  
Blogger Ryan said...

great post!

8:02 nachm.  
Blogger Derek said...

Wow, she must have been crazy mad, like love sometimes makes us. I'll have to read about this.


8:49 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Ryan:
I thought you would like it!


9:01 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Derek:
Just now I've sent to you the link for the entire drama!

9:03 nachm.  
Blogger Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

Ah, this is want we've been wanting and needing for some time.
I admire the clarity of your vision, for your blog, your creative gifts, and your life.
While in my blog, I feel something different developing from what you do, I very much admire the firmness of purpose I sense here. I'm not pandering to you when I say these things. I've studied and written about Salome and her spiritual sister, but I never got what you encapsulated (along with Wilde) in that drawing.

6:52 vorm.  
Blogger Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

err, sorry, the sister would be Jezebel.

6:53 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Daniel:
Thank you for visiting my blog and for your compliments!
Interesting that you concerned yourself with female characters like Salome and Jezebel! Do you also know Lulu ?

8:52 vorm.  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

oscar wilde. man was a genius. shame he wrote only one novel but at least we have some of his poetry and of course his plays articles.

8:55 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Cocaine Jesus:
No, there is a second novel, called "Teleny", it's a pure erotic story:

by Oscar Wilde

First published in 1893, this outrageous novel of homosexual love has been attributed to Oscar Wilde with varying degrees of certainty. This edition, carefully prepared from original sources in the British Library archives, is the only one on sale annotated and unabridged. Ahead of its time in its celebration of uninhibited sensual passion between men.

2:15 nachm.  

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