Salome | Critical Essay by David Wayne Thomas

This literature criticism consists of approximately 33 pages of analysis & critique of Salome.
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Critical Essay by David Wayne Thomas

SOURCE: Thomas, David Wayne. “The ‘Strange Music’ of Salomé: Oscar Wilde's Rhetoric of Verbal Musicality.” Mosaic (March 2000): 15-38.

In the following essay, Thomas investigates the function of verbal musicality in Wilde's Salomé.

SALOMé:
Thy voice was a censer that scattered strange perfumes, and when I looked on thee I heard a strange music. 

—Oscar Wilde, Salomé

In the closing moments of Oscar Wilde's drama Salomé (1893, 1894), the matter of verbal music finds its nearest approach to explicit mention. Having performed her dance of seven veils before the lecherous Herod, Salomé comes to reflect on her dancer's reward—a silver platter bearing the head of the prophet Iokanaan—and she speaks of a “strange music”...

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