Introduction: Modern Marriage and the Lyric Sequence
Invented to celebrate an extra-marital passion, the lyric sequence has been used by modern poets to track the vicissitudes of a daily love within marriage. Three key dimensions that have been retained but transformed in this context are the poet-lover’s war with Time, the lyric’s cultivation of an “I-you” relation that is virtual rather than actual, and the contradictions involved in opening an intensely private relationship to public scrutiny.
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