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Modern Marriage and the Lyric Sequence

Authors: Hedley, Jane

  • Provides a careful examination of the lyric sequence
  • Illuminates poetry’s impact on individual relationships and the institution of marriage
  • Considers political, cultural, and historical influences 
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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 1862 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.

About the authors

Jane Hedley is Stapleton Emeritus Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College, USA. She has published extensively on both Renaissance and contemporary lyric poetry, with a particular emphasis on gender politics, poetic figuration, and the social implications of poetic performance.

 

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“Hedley’s emphasis is as much on the way modern poets have represented the pleasures and satisfactions of marriage as on their attention to its discords and torments.  Engagingly written and full of superb readings, Modern Marriage and the Lyric Sequence should find an appreciative audience among scholars, teachers, and students of modern and contemporary poetry.” (Roger Gilbert, Professor of English, Cornell University, USA)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Modern Marriage and the Lyric Sequence

    Hedley, Jane

    Pages 1-11

  • Resources and Lineage: Meredith’s “Modern Love”

    Hedley, Jane

    Pages 13-53

  • Time in the Context of Marriage

    Hedley, Jane

    Pages 55-72

  • Making Us See Time

    Hedley, Jane

    Pages 73-93

  • He Said, She Said: The Conversation That Is a Marriage

    Hedley, Jane

    Pages 95-132

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-78157-0
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-78156-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Modern Marriage and the Lyric Sequence
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78157-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78157-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78156-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 239
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