WORD SEARCH with Adair Jones

In Search of Marriage in Literature

Posted in Uncategorized by Adair Jones on May 13, 2014

WORD SEARCH with Adair Jones

 

Searching for marriage in literature is like holding a kaleidoscope to the world—at the slightest movement the arrangement, colours, shapes, angles, relationships, and mood are altered.  In literature as in life, there are good marriages and bad, good marriages that turn bad, and marriages that on any one day one shift from blissful to hellish and back.  Compiling a list of representations of marriage in literature is a daunting task—so much is devoted to the theme.  It goes without saying that the list you compile today wouldn’t necessarily be the one you’d put together tomorrow. Here is but one view from the kaleidoscope:

 

Epithalamium (Greek and Roman times)

Among the Greeks, the epithalamium is a song in praise of bride and bridegroom, sung by boys and girls at the door of the nuptial chamber.  Among the Romans a similar custom was in vogue, but the song was sung by girls only…

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