Harry Marten: On "The Ache of Marriage"
Without either romanticizing or lamenting, the poet acknowledges "The Ache of Marriage," the pain and promise of relationship: "thigh and tongue, beloved, are heavy with it, / it throbs in the teeth." "We look," she explains, "for communion / and are turned away, beloved, / each and each." It can be a trap of biblical proportions:
It is leviathan and we
in its belly
looking for joy, some joy
not to be known outside it....
But, too, like the biblical ark, it signals hope and perhaps salvation in the eye of a storm for those who are, after all, "two by two in the ark of / the ache of it."
|Title||Harry Marten: On "The Ache of Marriage"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||Harry Marten||Criticism Target||Denise Levertov|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||08 Jun 2020|
|Publication Status||Excerpted Criticism||Publication||Understanding Denise Levertov|
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