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Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'HaraDifference, Homosexuality, Topography$
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Hazel Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239949

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313301

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In Memory of Metaphor: Metonymic Webs and the Deconstruction of Genre

In Memory of Metaphor: Metonymic Webs and the Deconstruction of Genre

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Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara
Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses how Frank O'Hara's poems explore difference at a structural/technical level to such an extent that they produce intricate webs of association similar to those of the hypertext. It shows how this hypertextual web arises from the dismantling of modernist genres and their subsequent recombination into a postmodern synthesis. Specifically, the chapter examines the cohabitation within certain O'Hara's poems of three genres that appear mutually incompatible: the anti-symbolic, symbolic, and surreal. It produces a literary hybridity that displaces the boundaries between these different genres and calls into question their dissimilarity from each other.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, New York, poetry, poems, hypertext, postmodernism

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