The Tennis Court Oath / Edition 35

The Tennis Court Oath / Edition 35

by John Ashbery
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819510130

ISBN-13: 9780819510136

Pub. Date: 12/01/1977

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

John Ashbery writes like no one else among contemporary American poets. In the construction of his intricate patterns, he uses words much as the contemporary painter uses form and color- words painstakingly chosen as conveyors of precise meaning, not as representations of sound. These linked in unexpected juxtapositions, at first glance unrelated and even anarchic, in…  See more details below

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John Ashbery writes like no one else among contemporary American poets. In the construction of his intricate patterns, he uses words much as the contemporary painter uses form and color- words painstakingly chosen as conveyors of precise meaning, not as representations of sound. These linked in unexpected juxtapositions, at first glance unrelated and even anarchic, in the end create by their clashing interplay a structure of dazzling brilliance and strong emotional impact. From this preoccupation arises a poetry that passes beyond conventional limits into a highly individual realm of effectiveness, one that may be roughly likened to the visual world of Surrealist painting. Some will find Mr. Ashbery’s work difficult, even forbidding; but those who are sensitive to new directions in ideas and the arts will discover here much to quicken and delight them.

A 35th anniversary edition of classic work from a celebrated American poet who has received the Pulitzer Prize, the national Book Award, and the national Book Critics Circle Award. John Ashbery’s second book, The Tennis Court Oaths, first published by Wesleyan in 1962, remains a touchstone of contemporary avant-garde poetry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819510136
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1977
Series:
Wesleyan Poetry Program
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
94
Sales rank:
1,286,540
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

The Tennis Court Oath11
"They Dream Only of America"13
Thoughts of a Young Girl14
America15
Two Sonnets20
To Redoute21
Night22
"How Much Longer Will I Be Able to Inhabit the Divine Sepulcher ..."25
Rain28
A White Paper32
Leaving the Atocha Station33
White Roses35
The Suspended Life36
A Life Drama39
Our Youth41
The Ticket43
An Additional Poem44
Measles45
Faust47
The Lozenges49
The Ascetic Sensualists51
Landscape55
A Last World56
The New Realism59
The Unknown Travelers63
Europe64
To the Same Degree86
The Passive Preacher88
The Shower90
Idaho91

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