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The Gay Apprentice: Ashbery, Auden, and a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Critic

Aidan Wasley

in The Age of Auden: Postwar Poetry and the American Scene

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691136790
eISBN:
9781400836352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691136790.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses Auden's influence on John Ashbery. By looking at the development of Ashbery's career through the prism of his early apprenticeship to Auden, and by taking Ashbery's claims ... More


“Everything Has a Schedule”: Some Trees

Jesse Zuba

in The First Book: Twentieth-Century Poetic Careers in America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164472
eISBN:
9781400873791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164472.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter offers an interpretation of one of the most remarkable debut collections ever selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets award—Some Trees by John Ashbery. The reputation of the book ... More


“A Rainy Wool Frankie and Johnny”: O’Hara, Ashbery, and the Paradoxes of Friendship

Andrew Epstein

in Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195181005
eISBN:
9780199851010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181005.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, and Amiri Baraka are profoundly concerned with friendship as a theme and as an intellectual, poetic, and personal problem. Each poet creates a tense oscillation in his ... More


John Ashbery's Haunted Landscapes

Willard Spiegelman

in How Poets See the World: The Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195332926
eISBN:
9780199851294
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332926.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Presenting John Ashbery as a landscape poet, or a descriptive one, casts light on a sizable proportion of his poetry—even if only parts rather than wholes, let alone volumes. A panorama of visual ... More


Growing Up with Our Brothers All Around: John Ashbery and the Interpersonal

Andrew Epstein

in Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195181005
eISBN:
9780199851010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181005.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter suggests that John Ashbery's work offers a memorable response to inveterate, distinctly American questions surrounding individualism, ceaseless movement, and democratic fellowship. In ... More


New Digressions: John Ashbery and the Changing Subjects of the Twenty-First Century

Srikanth Reddy

in Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199791026
eISBN:
9780199950287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791026.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter outlines the impasse faced by a new generation of American writers who seek to extend John Ashbery’s digressive project. Ashbery’s lyric speakers commonly address the reader while ... More


Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry

Srikanth Reddy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199791026
eISBN:
9780199950287
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791026.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, American, 20th Century Literature

Digression is widely considered a mark of disordered or evasive discourse. Modern legal, philosophical, and political writing largely disavows this trope, regarding it as a departure from the model ... More


John Ashbery’s Shyness, or, Lateral Ekphrasis

Brian Glavey

in The Wallflower Avant-Garde: Modernism, Sexuality, and Queer Ekphrasis

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780190202651
eISBN:
9780190202675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190202651.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

From the title poem of Some Trees onward, the impersonality of John Ashbery’s work has been conceptualized as primarily defensive in nature. This chapter argues that Ashbery’s use of ekphrasis ... More


Introduction

Andrew Epstein

in Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195181005
eISBN:
9780199851010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181005.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This book of postwar American poetry's obsession with friendship and its pleasures, limitations, and contradictions borrows its title from Ralph Waldo Emerson's “Friendship.” Emerson drives home his ... More


“The Advancing Signs of the Air”: Ashbery’s Atmospheres

Margaret Ronda

in Remainders: American Poetry at Nature's End

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781503603141
eISBN:
9781503604896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503603141.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter begins with a discussion of the new forms of environmental consciousness emerging in the 1960s and early 1970s around pollution and systemic toxicity. It focuses specifically on Rachel ... More


Situating the Avant-Garde in Postwar America: Community, Individualism, and Cold War Culture

Andrew Epstein

in Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195181005
eISBN:
9780199851010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181005.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter provides a theoretical and historical background for the subsequent analysis of how dissonant companionship plays out in the work of Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, and Amiri Baraka. It ... More


Mirror: John Ashbery

Marta Figlerowicz

in Spaces of Feeling: Affect and Awareness in Modernist Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501714221
eISBN:
9781501714245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501714221.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines a number of poems by John Ashbery. Ashbery’s poetry explores doubts about lyric expression’s dependence on its audience that are analogous to those voiced by Plath and Stevens. ... More


Poetry in Review: On A. R. Ammons and John Ashbery (2006)

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter discusses Americans poets A. R. Ammons' Bosh and Flapdoodle and John Ashbery's Where Shall I Wander. It suggests that both works are filled with black humor, nostalgia, regret, ... More


Conclusion

Andrew Epstein

in Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195181005
eISBN:
9780199851010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181005.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This book has examined a vision of poetry that icontinually turns away from and returns to group affiliations and assimilation—from the experimental poetics of Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, and Amiri ... More


John Ashbery’s Free Indirect Labor

Jasper Bernes

in The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780804796415
eISBN:
9781503602601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804796415.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The early poems of John Ashbery must be read as a meditation on the plight of labor, particularly white-collar labor, in the postwar United States. Beginning with an early poem, “The Instruction ... More


The First Book: Twentieth-Century Poetic Careers in America

Jesse Zuba

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164472
eISBN:
9781400873791
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164472.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

“We have many poets of the First Book,” the poet and critic Louis Simpson remarked in 1957, describing a sense that the debut poetry collection not only launched the contemporary poetic career but ... More


The Age of Auden: Postwar Poetry and the American Scene

Aidan Wasley

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691136790
eISBN:
9781400836352
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691136790.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

W. H. Auden's emigration from England to the United States in 1939 marked more than a turning point in his own life and work—it changed the course of American poetry itself. This book takes, for the ... More


Edward Lear, John Ashbery, and the Pleasant Surprise

Stephen Ross

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

Throughout his career, and increasingly in the later work, John Ashbery has maintained a vibrant dialogue with the English nonsense tradition. Edward Lear in particular has accompanied Ashbery from ... More


Epistemologies: Clark Coolidge

Michael Golston

in Poetic Machinations: Allegory, Surrealism, and Postmodern Poetic Form

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231164306
eISBN:
9780231538633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164306.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 2 is a study of formal allegory in the poetry of Clark Coolidge. It describes Coolidge’s and John Ashbery’s interests in surrealism, then argues that the former’s works from the 1970’s should ... More


Homecomings: The Poet's Prose of Ashbery, Schuyler and Spicer

Daniel Katz

in American Modernism's Expatriate Scene: The Labour of Translation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625260
eISBN:
9780748652006
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625260.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter explores first Jack Spicer's unfinished detective novel, which stages the ‘return’ to San Francisco of aspiring poet J. J. Ralston, who, after several years of academic work on the east ... More


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