O poeta como amante: O jardim de Eros, de Oscar Wilde

Fernanda Korovsky Moura


Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) is most celebrated for his work as a fin-de-siècle playwright, however his poems, which cover a wide range of styles, also deserve scholarly attention. For the critic Octavio Paz (1914-1998), poetic expressions are closely related to the art of love. Eroticism is “poetry of the body”, while poetry is “an eroticism of language” (Paz 1996: 2). The Garden of Eros, Wilde’s poem published in 1881, is an example of the erotization of language. By means of the analysis of this poem, based on Paz’s ideas on love, eroticism and poetry, I argue that Wilde is a lover, and, above all, his The Garden of Eros is a declaration of love to the art of poetry.





Oscar Wilde; erotismo da linguagem; amor; O Jardim de Eros.

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