Approaching post-World War II poetry from a postmodern critical perspective, this study challenges the prevailing assumption that experimental forms signify political opposition while traditional forms are politically conservative. Blasing shows how four major postwar poets--Frank O'Hara, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery, and James Merrill--cannot be read as politically conservative because formally traditional or vice versa. The work of these poets plays an important cultural role precisely by revealing how meanings and values do not inhere in forms but are always and irreducibly rhetorical.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #94|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
Table of Contents1. Introduction: poetry after Modernism; 2. Frank O'Hara: 'How Am I to Become a Legend?'; 3. Elizabeth Bishop: 'Repeat, Repeat, Repeat; Revise, Revise, Revise'; 4. John Ashbery: 'The Epidemic of the Way We Live Now'; 5. James Merrill: 'Sour Windfalls of the Orchard Back of Us'.