Responding to homoerotic poetry
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A friend hoping to make me more aware of homoerotic poetry that I might enjoy sent me this bit of Wilde's Charmides.
He was a Grecian lad, who coming home
With pulpy figs and wine from Sicily
Stood at his galley's prow, and let the foam
Blow through his crisp brown curls unconsciously,
And holding wave and wind in boy's despite
Peered from his dripping seat across the wet and stormy night.
I think the sexual tension in Owen's poem was what gave it power for me.
OK, a kid is coming home on a boat. I can't help but suspect that either "Grecian boy' evokes something in you that it doesn't in me or that you are connecting it to the rest of the poem. Having grown up watching sword and sandal movies as a little kid it sounds like the beginning of an old Hercules movie to me.
Hmm, that sounds sarcastic, which isn't meant. It just fell flat with me, wouldn't be hard to make it prose.