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Loving Faster than LightRomance and Readers in Einstein's Universe$
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Katy Price

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226680736

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226680750.001.0001

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Talking to Mars: William Empson’s Astronomy Love Poems

Talking to Mars: William Empson’s Astronomy Love Poems

(p.156) Six Talking to Mars: William Empson’s Astronomy Love Poems
Loving Faster than Light

Katy Price

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the poems of William Empson related to astronomy and relativity theory. It explains that Empson's metaphysical love poems tested out the universe of Albert Einstein and Arthur Stanley Eddington to see what resources it might offer adventurous lovers in an age of relativity. It also shows Empson's deep engagement with relativity and highlights his relevance to recent developments in the study of modernist literature.

Keywords:   William Empson, poems, metaphysical love poems, Albert Einstein, Arthur Stanley Eddington, modernist literature

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