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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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Stepping Out with Frank O'Hara

Stepping Out with Frank O'Hara

(p.70) Stepping Out with Frank O'Hara
Frank O'Hara Now
David Herd
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the trope of the ‘step’ in O'Hara's poetry. It argues that that the step is integral to his thinking, that in thinking he steps, that in stepping he thinks; that the term, in its recurrence in the poetry, works as metaphor but also as the trace of gesture, and that in the combination of metaphor and gesture is the order of O'Hara's thought.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, trope, step, poetry, gesture, metaphor

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