Dare not speak its name

The "love that dare not speak its name" is not a line of "Wilde's," though it certainly applies to him. It was written by his lover Lord Alfred Douglas ("Bosie"), a poet of some accomplishment. Stephen's recollection of the phrase in Proteus solidifies some of the homoerotic suggestions conveyed by his thoughts about Mulligan in Telemachus. In Scylla and Charybdis he applies it to Shakespeare, who wrote most of his sonnets to the younger man with whom he was in love.

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Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas in 1893. Source: onyourleft.wordpress.com.

Statue of Oscar Wilde by Danny Osborne in Merrion Square, Dublin, unveiled in 1997. Source: Wikimedia Commons.