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John Ashbery And American Poetry

by David Herd
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  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publishing date: 15/06/2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780719080593
  • ISBN: 0719080592

Synopsis

David Herd sets out to provide readers with a new critical language through which they can appreciate the beauty and complexity of Ashbery’s writing.

Presenting the poet in all his forms -- avant-garde, nostalgic, sublime and camp -- the book argues that the perpetual inventiveness of Ashbery’s work has always been underpinned by the poets desire to write the poem fit to cope with its occasion.

Tracing Ashbery’s development in the light of this idea, and from its origins in the dazzling artistic environment of 1950’s New York, the book evaluates his poetry against the aesthetic, literary and historical backgrounds that have informed it.

The story of a brilliant career, and a history of the period in which that career has taken shape, John Ashbery and American Poetry provides a compelling account of Ashbery’s importance to Twentieth Century Literature.


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