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Frank O'Hara NowNew Essays on the New York Poet$
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Robert Hampson and Will Montgomery

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312311

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316067

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Naming the Seam

Naming the Seam

On Frank O'Hara's ‘Hatred’

(p.131) Naming the Seam
Frank O'Hara Now
Richard Deming
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines ‘Hatred’, a poem that in many respects — in particular its emotional intensity and its representation of a destructive tendency — is anomalous in O'Hara's oeuvre. It suggests that the ‘social’ in O'Hara's poetics goes beyond considerations of the historical milieu of the poet's immediate circle of friends and interlocutors. The idea of the social is of real importance in a poem such as ‘Hatred’, which might be perceived as anti-social. Ultimately this thinking about being a being among other beings orients the discussion towards a consideration of ethics. Despite its violent and negative valences, ‘Hatred’ may not be so far from O'Hara's explorations of feelings in countless other poems.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, poetry, social, poems, ethics

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