Meter - measure or structuring of rhythm in a poem
A number of writers claim that Wilde was genuinely convinced of these poetic ideals, and that is therefore a faithful "symbolist drama" -- Quigley remarks, for example, on how Wilde seems interested "in exploring the outer margins of human experience, the margins at which the continuum of human experience makes contact at one end with religious transcendence and at the other with raw animality." Other critics find that the tone and plot of the play undercut the symbolism, leading to the conclusion that is "a brilliant pastiche of turn-of-the-century Decadent art," or that, in another analysis, the drama displays a "humour which one can with difficulty believe to be unintentional, so much does Wilde's play resemble a parody of the whole of the material used by the Decadents and of the stammering mannerism of Maeterlinck's dramas." I cannot agree with either end of this spectrum: after reading , one is certainly left with strong doubts as to the "truth" of symbolist ideals, but to call the entire play a parody or pastiche is certainly an exaggeration -- the very nature of the conflict, the exquisite treatment of Salome herself, and the final events of the drama prohibit such a conclusion.
Plot - the arrangement of ideas and/or incidents that make up a story
making her inhabit indeed a museum ...
His allegiance to the French Symbolists and Decadents had been firmly established, and he had become friends with some of the more prominent poets in Paris.
Arthur Symons, a contemporary literary critic, remarks:
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looking for dead things," while the Young Syrian, ever captivated by Salome, sees the moon instead as "a little princess who wears a yellow veil, and whose feet are of silver." Upon her entrance, Salome is relieved to see the serene night and the moon, which she describes as "cold and chaste," since "she has never defiled herself ...
Symons explains, in typical hyperbole, that:
never abandoned herself to men." Then Herod, in yet another premonition of disaster, is distressed by the moon's appearance and claims that "she is like a mad woman ..