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The Love that Dares to Speak its Name: Poem by James Kirkup that describes a homosexual relationship between a Roman centurion and Jesus Christ at the scene of Jesus' crucifixion. Subject of a private criminal prosecution by Mary Whitehouse for blasphemy in the United Kingdom following publication in Gay News. [e]

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  • James Kirkup [r]: (1918–2009) Poet, translator, travel writer, dramatist and autobiographer; best known for writing The Love that Dares to Speak its Name which became the subject of the Whitehouse v. Lemon blasphemy case in 1976. [e]
  • Poetry [r]: A form of literary work which uses rhythm, metre, and sound elements (such as assonance or dissonance) to structure, amplify, and in some instances supplant the literal meanings of words. [e]


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