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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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French Frank

French Frank

(p.49) French Frank
Frank O'Hara Now

Rod Mengham

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores Frank O'Hara's relationship with Europe. Noting his apparent endorsement of a typically isolationist view of the US, it presents a reading of O'Hara's poetry for its encounter with French poetry, particularly the writing of Pierre Reverdy. It suggests that O'Hara's long-standing affinities with French poetry enabled a poetic undermining of the heroic, freedom-loving individualism embodied in Cold War accounts of artists such as Jackson Pollock.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, poets, French poetry, Pierre Reverdy, individualism

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