ROBERT JONES: I would agree with previous posts regarding WSG's supposed nods in the direction of sexual innuendo. I think he would be mortified by the idea that his spotlessly clean libretti might conjure up lewd thoughts in his audiences' minds. Apart from this, I don't think Wilde's sexuality was common knowledge at the time. No doubt, there would have been rumours, nudges and winks, but I don't believe that WSG would have incorporated such things in Patience. My vote goes to the flowers.
Wilde adopted “the aesthetic ideal”. He lived in the double role of rebel and dandy. The Wildean dandy is an aristocratic artist whose elegance is a symbol of the superiority of his spirit. He wanted to shock and demanded absolute freedom.
He rejected the didacticism that had characterized the Victorian novel in the first half of the century.
He believed that only the art, as the cult of the beauty, could prevent the murder of the soul (spirito) and also he thought the artist is an alien in a materialist world.