Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Austin Reading Room

Subject Area

English: Literature

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This presentation provides a comparative analysis of the poetry collections Twenty-One Love Poems by Adrienne Rich and Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy, focusing on the utilization and subversion of similar structural and thematic elements from the tradition of love sonnets and sonnet sequences. However, the collections differ when it comes to the gendering of the beloved. In Twenty-One Love Poems, her identity as a woman is revealed early on in the sequence but not until later in Rapture. This seemingly inconsequential difference highlights the more subtle splits between the two collections in terms of depicting binary and non-binary sexuality as well as different conceptualizations of politicalized lesbian identity.

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Lesbian Love Sonnets: Twenty-One Love Poems and Rapture

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Austin Reading Room

This presentation provides a comparative analysis of the poetry collections Twenty-One Love Poems by Adrienne Rich and Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy, focusing on the utilization and subversion of similar structural and thematic elements from the tradition of love sonnets and sonnet sequences. However, the collections differ when it comes to the gendering of the beloved. In Twenty-One Love Poems, her identity as a woman is revealed early on in the sequence but not until later in Rapture. This seemingly inconsequential difference highlights the more subtle splits between the two collections in terms of depicting binary and non-binary sexuality as well as different conceptualizations of politicalized lesbian identity.

 

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