Making Us See Time

  • Jane Hedley


This chapter looks closely at Rita Dove’s and Robert Lowell’s different ways of exploiting the part-whole relation between the sequence and its constituent poems. In Thomas and Beulah, the lyric biography of a forty-year marriage, a larger national narrative is brought to bear as the horizon of a series of “apprehended moments,” chronologically sequenced from each partner’s perspective in turn. In For Lizzie and Harriet, a self-consciously aging husband wrestles in first person, in the present tense, with time as the medium of entropy.


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  • Jane Hedley
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  1. 1.Bryn Mawr CollegeBryn MawrUSA

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