Gay Marriage: Something Old, Something New
This chapter looks briefly at poetry written in anticipation and in the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court’s affirmation of same-sex couples’ right to marry. Gay poets, too, are found to thematize the relationship’s temporal contours, the importance of dialogue, and the couple’s stake in a public affirmation of their union. Behind Paul Monette’s Love Alone, a sequence of elegies for a relationship that would, if it could, have been a marriage, stands Tennyson’s “In Memoriam,” which in turn hearkens back to the “marriage of true minds” in Shakespeare’s sonnets.
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