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Modern Marriage and the Lyric Sequence

  • Jane Hedley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jane Hedley
    Pages 55-72
  3. Jane Hedley
    Pages 73-93
  4. Jane Hedley
    Pages 133-164
  5. Jane Hedley
    Pages 165-191
  6. Jane Hedley
    Pages 193-210
  7. Jane Hedley
    Pages 211-222
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 223-239

About this book

Introduction

Modern Marriage and the Lyric Sequence investigates the ways in which some of our best poets writing in English have used poetic sequences to capture the lived experience of marriage. Beginning in 1850 with George Meredith’s Modern Love, Jane Hedley’s study utilizes the rubrics of temporality, dialogue, and triangulation to bring a deeply rooted and vitally interesting poetic genre into focus.  Its twentieth- and twenty-first-century practitioners have included Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Lowell, Rita Dove, Eavan Boland, Louise Glück, Anne Carson, Ted Hughes, Claudia Emerson, Rachel Zucker, and Sharon Olds.  In their poetic sequences the flourishing or failure of a particular marriage is always at stake, but as that relationship plays out over time, each sequence also speaks to larger questions: why we marry, what a marriage is, what our collective stake is in other people’s marriages.  In the book’s final chapter gay marriage presents a fresh testing ground for these questions, in light of the US Supreme Court’s affirmation of same-sex marriage.

Keywords

marriage institution lyric poetry relationships same-sex marraiges lyric sequence marriage poetry marriage sequence Modern Love George Meredith Edna St. Vincent Millay Robert Lowell Rita Dove

Authors and affiliations

  • Jane Hedley
    • 1
  1. 1.Bryn Mawr CollegeBryn Mawr,PAUSA

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